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[ruhf-rahy-der] /ˈrʌfˈraɪ dər/
a person who breaks horses to the saddle.
a person accustomed to rough or hard riding.
Origin of roughrider
1725-35; rough + rider

Rough Riders

plural noun
the members of a volunteer regiment of cavalry organized by Theodore Roosevelt and Leonard Wood for service in the Spanish-American War. Unabridged
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  • Beside it lay an officer in rough rider uniform, face down, and wearing an empty scabbard.

    "Forward, March" Kirk Munroe
  • "Always like to be on time at a party," said the rough rider, levelling his carbine.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • Finally this rough rider, a Southerner, heard a well-known yell.

  • "Score one for the rough rider," said her companion after he had drunk.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • He started to speak to the rough rider when a bullet hit the fellow and killed him on the spot.

  • rough rider (to old Creeper, who will not let his horse jump).

  • Many of them enlisted in the rough rider regiment of the Spanish war and proved daring soldiers.

  • Well, he's never been a rough rider like Rupert Louth; but I believe he's a sportsman, does all the usual things.

    December Love Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for rough rider


a rider of wild or unbroken horses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rough rider

1733, "horse-breaker," from rough (adj. or adv.) + rider. In specific military use, a non-commissioned officer in cavalry regiments, from 1802; meaning "irregular cavalryman" is attested from 1884.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rough rider in Culture

Rough Riders definition

The nickname of a volunteer group of cavalry led by Colonel Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War. They were famous for a victorious charge at the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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