buckaroo

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

1889, derived from Spanish vaquero (cowboy), from vaca (cow), from Latin vacca, plus Spanish -ero (-er). Spelling influenced by buck.

Several examples of the heels on buckaroo-style cowboy boots.

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

buckaroo (plural buckaroos)

  1. A cowboy, specifically, a working cowboy who generally does not do rodeos.
    • 2005, Brokeback Mountain, 00:51:25:
      "No thanks, cowboy. If I was to let every rodeo hand I pulled a bull off of buy me liquor, I'd have been an alcoholic long ago. Pullin' bulls off of you buckaroos is just my job. So save your money for your next entry fee, cowboy."
  2. One who sports a distinctive buckaroo style of cowboy clothing, boots, and heritage.
    Many cowboy poets have a buckaroo look and feel about them.
  3. A style of cowboy boot with a high and uniquely tapered heel.
  4. A reckless, headstrong person.
    Don’t run in looking for a fight like some kind of buckaroo.
  5. (slang) A dollar (variation of buck).
    That’ll be twenty buckaroos, buddy.
Last modified on 18 June 2013, at 00:42