or bare·backed


Origin of bareback

First recorded in 1555–65; bare1 + back1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bare-backed

Historical Examples of bare-backed

  • It was not fit for a bare-backed boy to go out on such a day.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • Catch a horse by the mane and mount him by the fence and canter off bare-backed?

  • When the train pulled out, there was Ermine, bare-backed and ridiculous.

  • There I had got the Cape under me, as much as if I were riding it bare-backed.

    Cape Cod

    Henry D. Thoreau

  • A bare-backed ride of thirteen miles had made me pretty tired.

British Dictionary definitions for bare-backed



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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper