bucko

bucko

[buhk-oh]
noun, plural buckoes.
1.
Chiefly Irish English. young fellow; chap; young companion.
2.
British Slang. a swaggering fellow.

Origin:
1880–85; buck1 + -o

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bucko (ˈbʌkəʊ)
 
n , pl -oes
(Irish) a lively young fellow: often a term of address

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bucko
term of address, originally (1883) nautical and with a sense of "swaggering, domineering fellow." Probably from buck in the slang sense of "a blood or choice spirit."
"There are in London divers lodges or societies of Bucks, formed in imitation of the Free Masons: one was held at the Rose, in Monkwell-street, about the year 1705. The president is styled the Grand Buck." ["Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1811]
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