Definition of jackeroo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌjakəˈro͞o/
(also jackaroo) Australian informal


A young man working on a sheep or cattle station to gain experience.
Example sentences
  • With the helicopter hovering above, Peter on his motorbike, faithful dog Skip and a couple of would-be jackeroos, the sheep were caught.
  • This weekend of outback games, storytelling, yarns and the drovers reunion dinner pays tribute to the contribution that drovers, stockmen, stationhands, jillaroos and jackeroos have made to our unique pioneering history.
  • You can horse-ride with the jackeroos or Australian cowboys who work this station, or have a camel ride, explore the tropical gorges, go canoeing, experience nature walks or four-wheel drive treks, or fish one of the rivers.


[no object]
Work as a jackeroo.
Example sentences
  • He returned to live on the family farm for six months, followed by six months jackerooing in northern Queensland.
  • After school Bruce went jackerooing in the North West, which led to him sketching his fellow stockmen, their horses and the surrounding unique landscape.
  • I jackerooed in Western Australia and attended Muresk Agricultural College.


Late 19th century: alteration of an Aboriginal (Queensland) term dhugai-iu 'wandering white man', by blending jack1 and kangaroo.

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Syllabification: jack·e·roo

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