- a man in charge of a wagon train.
Origin of wagon boss
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
Also called wagon master.
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Examples from the Web for wagon boss
Every time I hand it to a wagon-boss, he gives me the devil!The Old Santa Fe Trail
Bud, this here's my wagon-boss, Park Holloway; one of 'em, that is.The Lure of the Dim Trails
by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower
Before he left, the old man told the wagon-boss to ferry the outfit an' horses over in the boat, but to swim the steers.Tales from the X-bar Horse Camp
Will C. Barnes
The round-up would be west of where I had left them, according to the foreman—or wagon-boss, as he is called.
Frosty is an independent sort and won't stand a word from anybody, and the wagon-boss is something of a bully.