rough·​ri·​der ˈrəf-ˈrī-dər How to pronounce roughrider (audio)
: one who is accustomed to riding unbroken or little-trained horses
usually Rough Rider : a member of the first U.S. Volunteer Cavalry regiment in the Spanish-American War commanded by Theodore Roosevelt

Examples of roughrider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But McLaughlin said those deputies were assigned to specific events, not as full-time roughriders. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Oct. 2017 The Roughriders defeated powerhouse Snohomish for the title. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, 21 June 2017 Roughriders (@sskroughriders) June 17, 2017 Toronto Argonauts: Bear Woods, linebacker, Troy; Chandler Worthy, wide receiver, Troy. Mark Inabinett,, 19 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of roughrider was in 1574

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“Roughrider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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Rough Rider

: a member of the cavalry led by Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War
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