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noun, plural roe·bucks, (especially collectively) roe·buck.
  1. a male roe deer.
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Origin of roebuck

First recorded in 1350–1400, roebuck is from the Middle English word robucke. See roe2, buck1
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Historical Examples of roebuck

  • Mr. Roebuck gave notice of the appointment of his committee.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • He could not see how Mr. Roebuck's motion could be resisted.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • “It seems to be a melodious language,” said Mr. Roebuck, greatly amused.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • He bought three at Roebuck's, in City Road, and took them to his house by taxi.

  • Roebuck was one of those men who say their prayers in a patronizing tone.

    The Plum Tree

    David Graham Phillips

British Dictionary definitions for roebuck


noun plural -bucks or -buck
  1. the male of the roe deer
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Word Origin and History for roebuck


c.1200, from roe (n.2) + buck (n.1). Cf. Dutch reebok, German Rehbock, Danish raabuck.

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