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[brong-koh-buhs-ter] /ˈbrɒŋ koʊˌbʌs tər/
a person who breaks broncos to the saddle.
Origin of broncobuster
1885-90, Americanism; bronco + buster
Related forms
broncobusting, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bronco buster
Historical Examples
  • Straddling the plated hide, the great hairy legs gripped the crocodiles sides as a bronco buster grips his fractious mount.

  • The boy was beginning to ride the shoulders like a bronco buster.

    Martian V.F.W. G.L. Vandenburg
  • No better man ever straddled a horse; he could have acquitted himself as a champion "bronco buster."

    Between the Lines Henry Bascom Smith
  • The unpretentious Grant was soon famous throughout the army as a bronco buster, in the sense the term is now familiarly used.

    Lee and Longstreet at High Tide Helen D. Longstreet
British Dictionary definitions for bronco buster


(in the western US and Canada) a cowboy who breaks in broncos or wild horses
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Slang definitions & phrases for bronco buster

bronco buster

noun phrase

  1. (Variations: peeler or snapper or twister may replace buster) A cowboy who tames broncos to riding; also, a rodeo performer who rides unruly horses in competition (1880s+ Cowboys)
  2. chickenhawk (1970s+ Homosexuals)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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