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[jak-uh-roo] /ˌdʒæk əˈru/ Australian
noun, plural jackaroos, verb (used without object), jackarooed, jackarooing.


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[jak-uh-roo] /ˌdʒæk əˈru/ Australian
noun, plural jackeroos.
an inexperienced person working as an apprentice on a sheep ranch.
verb (used without object), jackerooed, jackerooing.
to work as an apprentice on a sheep ranch.
Origin of jackeroo
1875-80; jack1 + (kang)aroo; cf. -eroo Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A jackaroo is a young man who comes to a station to get experience.

    The Old Bush Songs A. B. Paterson
  • An' we gets a letter from the jackaroo's friends that puts us to a lot more bother.

    Children of the Bush Henry Lawson
  • Old Peter and a jackaroo were out on the run watching a bush-fire across Sandy Creek.

    Children of the Bush Henry Lawson
  • jackaroo might be old, but he was still as good a two-miler as any in England.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • Next evening the jackaroo and one or two other chaps and the girls went out 'possum-shooting.

  • jackaroo, name given in Australia to a green-horn from England inexperienced in bush life.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • Rushton on jackaroo still two lengths in front looked round and saw he could do nothing.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • At last they got tired of the fun, Sunlight let the swag lie after Milky called time, and the jackaroo awarded the fight to Rats.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • He buck-jumped rather specially well, as might be expected of a jackaroo.

British Dictionary definitions for jackaroo


noun (pl) -roos
(Austral, informal) a young male management trainee on a sheep or cattle station
Word Origin
C19: from jack1 + (kang)aroo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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