[buhk-uh-roo, buhk-uh-roo]
noun, plural buckaroos.
Western U.S. a cowboy, especially a broncobuster.
Older Slang. fellow; guy.

1820–30, Americanism; earlier bakhara, baccaro, bucharo < Spanish vaquero, equivalent to vac(a) cow (< Latin vacca) + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary; perhaps influenced by buckra; later probably reanalyzed as buck1 + -eroo

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buckaroo (ˈbʌkəˌruː, ˌbʌkəˈruː)
n , pl -roos
(Southwestern US) a cowboy
[C19: variant of Spanish vaquero, from vaca cow, from Latin vacca]

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Word Origin & History

1889, Amer.Eng., from bakhara (1827), from Sp. vaquero "cowboy," from vaca "cow," from L. vacca. Spelling altered by influence of buck.
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Example sentences
The addition of a couple of the buckaroo dancers getting hitched to each other would be welcome addition to the ending.
The buckaroo life has undergone many changes since its nineteenth-century beginnings.
Although you could nickname this little fellow buckaroo, this is actually a picture of a fawn.
The true buckaroo prefers working cattle on horseback.
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