- a range pony or mustang of the western U.S., especially one that is not broken or is imperfectly broken.
Origin of bronco
Related Wordsbronco, colt, mare, stallion, filly, herdsman, rancher, wrangler, vaquero, gaucho, drover, buckaroo, cowpuncher, cowpoke, cattleman, stockman, cowhand, plug, pony, nag
Examples from the Web for bronco
The 20 years since then have been kinder to that Bronco than to Broncos in general.Where’s O.J.’s White Bronco Now?
June 16, 2014
Fortunately, the record-setting Bronco offense did its part to set yet another record.The Impossible Super Bowl Score: First 43-8 Football Game in a Century
February 3, 2014
He did not know what that something was; but the bronco added to his suspicions by its behavior.
The bronco stock was bad enough but the green mules were the worst.
One such day, if the sheepmen were prepared, and Bronco Mesa would be a desert.Hidden Water
The boy was beginning to ride the shoulders like a bronco buster.Martian V.F.W.
The young man rode fast, putting his bronco at the hills with a rush.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
- (in the US and Canada) a wild or partially tamed pony or mustang of the western plains
Word Origin and History for bronco
also broncho, 1850, American English, "untamed or half-tamed horse," from noun use of Spanish bronco (adj.) "rough, rude," originally a noun meaning "a knot in wood," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruncus "a knot, projection," apparently from a cross of Latin broccus "projecting" (see broach (n.)) + truncus "trunk of a tree" (see trunk (n.)). Bronco-buster is attested from 1886.