or jack·a·roo

[ jak-uh-roo ]

noun,plural jack·e·roos.
  1. an inexperienced person working as an apprentice on a sheep ranch.

verb (used without object),jack·e·rooed, jack·e·roo·ing.
  1. to work as an apprentice on a sheep ranch.

Origin of jackeroo

1875–80; jack1 + (kang)aroo; cf. -eroo

Words Nearby jackeroo

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How to use jackeroo in a sentence

  • The Sydney jackeroo rose impulsively, but Jack glanced at him, and he sat down again.

    Over the Sliprails | Henry Lawson
  • He was a groom with a place at his master's table; he was a jackeroo who introduced station life into a town.

    Stingaree | E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • jackeroo, the unpoetical, was even then sound asleep in his net; and in ten minutes everything was "fixed up."

    We of the Never-Never | Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
  • A Briton of the Billingsgate type would have appealed to jackeroo as a man of sound common sense.

    We of the Never-Never | Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
  • The jackeroo had appeared on the scene from his own room, to which his sensitive soul ever banished him betimes.

    The Shadow of a Man | E. W. Hornung

British Dictionary definitions for jackeroo



/ (ˌdʒækəˈruː) /

nounplural -roos
  1. Australian informal a young male management trainee on a sheep or cattle station

Origin of jackeroo

C19: from jack 1 + (kang) aroo

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