[ ruhf-rahy-der ]
/ ˈrʌfˈraɪ dər /


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


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Origin of roughrider

First recorded in 1725–35; rough + rider Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for roughrider

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for roughrider

/ (ˈrʌfˌraɪdə) /


a rider of wild or unbroken horses
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