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[brong-koh-buhs-ter] /ˈbrɒŋ koʊˌbʌs tər/
a person who breaks broncos to the saddle.
Origin of broncobuster
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90; bronco + buster
Related forms
broncobusting, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bronco buster
Historical Examples
  • The boy was beginning to ride the shoulders like a bronco buster.

    Martian V.F.W. G.L. Vandenburg
  • No better man ever straddled a horse; he could have acquitted himself as a champion "bronco buster."

    Between the Lines

    Henry Bascom Smith
  • The unpretentious Grant was soon famous throughout the army as a bronco buster, in the sense the term is now familiarly used.

    Lee and Longstreet at High Tide Helen D. Longstreet
  • Straddling the plated hide, the great hairy legs gripped the crocodiles sides as a bronco buster grips his fractious mount.

British Dictionary definitions for bronco buster


(in the western US and Canada) a cowboy who breaks in broncos or wild horses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for bronco buster

bronco buster

noun phrase

  1. (Variations: peeler or snapper or twister may replace buster) A cowboy who tames broncos to riding; also, a rodeo performer who rides unruly horses in competition (1880s+ Cowboys)
  2. chickenhawk (1970s+ Homosexuals)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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