noun, plural jack·a·roos, verb (used without object), jack·a·rooed, jack·a·roo·ing.


or jack·a·roo


noun, plural jack·e·roos.

an inexperienced person working as an apprentice on a sheep ranch.

verb (used without object), jack·e·rooed, jack·e·roo·ing.

to work as an apprentice on a sheep ranch.

Origin of jackeroo

1875–80; jack1 + (kang)aroo; cf. -eroo
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Examples from the Web for jackaroo

Contemporary Examples of jackaroo

Historical Examples of jackaroo

  • An' we gets a letter from the jackaroo's friends that puts us to a lot more bother.

  • The Jackaroo is neither a crow nor a parrot nor any kind of quadruped.

  • A Jackaroo is a young man who comes to a station to get experience.

    The Old Bush Songs

    A. B. Paterson

  • Jackaroo might be old, but he was still as good a two-miler as any in England.

    Boy Woodburn

    Alfred Ollivant

  • He buck-jumped rather specially well, as might be expected of a Jackaroo.

British Dictionary definitions for jackaroo



noun plural -roos

Australian informal a young male management trainee on a sheep or cattle station

Word Origin for jackeroo

C19: from jack 1 + (kang) aroo
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