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bareback

or bare·backed

[bair-bak]
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adverb, adjective
  1. with the back of a horse, burro, etc., bare; without a saddle: to ride bareback; a bareback rider.
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Origin of bareback

First recorded in 1555–65; bare1 + back1
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Examples from the Web for bareback

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Historical Examples

  • I caught our pony, jumped on bareback, and dashed for their home.

  • We had horses, she mused; we rode like demons, bareback, until trouble came.

    Iole

    Robert W. Chambers

  • You were the bareback, as I recall it—or was it Fatty Newell?

  • He wriggled there like a bareback rider on a bucking porcupine.

    Bizarre

    Lawton Mackall

  • Bareback he rode the mare with her halter for a bridle, as he had found her.

    Corleone

    F. Marion Crawford


British Dictionary definitions for bareback

bareback

barebacked

adjective, adverb
  1. (of horse-riding) without a saddle
  2. slang (of sex) without a condom
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verb slang
  1. (intr) to practise unprotected sex
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Word Origin and History for bareback

adj.

1560s, of riding, from bare (adj.) + back (n.).

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