One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who rides horses without a saddle, especially as a circus or rodeo performer.
2Slang. A person who performs or prefers sexual intercourse without a condom (in later use, especially used with reference to unprotected anal sex between men).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Esten Cooke (1830–1886). From bareback + -er.
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