Definition of buckaroo in US English:



North American
  • A cowboy.

    • ‘Their conclusion unequivocally states that vaqueros, cowboys, and buckaroos are ‘at heart… all the same, they do their work a little differently, they dress a little differently, but they are the same’.’
    • ‘But in an age where all of our lives are interconnected - in our economy, our infrastructure, even in our health - this notion of the lone cowboy is a fantasy, and generally a self-serving one for the buckaroo who owns the ranch.’
    • ‘Some buckaroos will protest that the list is unfair to Westerns because it reflects only present-day movie tastes.’
    • ‘While they share language and heritage, cowboys and buckaroos differ in their working styles, saddles, land and property ownership standards, legal cultures, and in almost everything else.’
    • ‘It's a pad that has hosted the kind of parties you hear about for years after the actual event - we're talking wild buckaroo Stampede breakfast parties with bands catching beer thrown by people perched on garage roofs.’


Early 19th century: alteration of vaquero.