a person who breaks horses to the saddle.
a person accustomed to rough or hard riding.

Origin of roughrider

First recorded in 1725–35; rough + rider Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for roughrider

Historical Examples of roughrider

  • Then he stiffened and in all visible regards was again Old Chesty, the roughrider.

    Local Color

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • I was described as his 'man Friday,' and as 'Roughrider Anderson.'

  • Once active members of real Society; no woman could go back to "society," any more than a roughrider could return to a hobbyhorse.

  • Underneath a roughrider hat Burton glimpsed her face as she looked off across the fields that marked the beginning of the course.

    Frank of Freedom Hill

    Samuel A. Derieux

British Dictionary definitions for roughrider



a rider of wild or unbroken horses
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