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rodeo Syllabification: ro·de·o
Pronunciation: /ˈrōdēˌō/

Definition of rodeo in English:

noun (plural rodeos)

1An exhibition or contest in which cowboys show their skill at riding broncos, roping calves, wrestling steers, etc.
Example sentences
  • Cade was moving towards the squeeze chute that restrained the cow while the injection was given, the same contraption Erin had seen rodeos use when cowboys mounted the steers.
  • Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, it is the story of a range-hand and a rodeo cowboy who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection.
  • May, who lives in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, has for years conducted an illicit affair with a rodeo cowboy named Eddie.
3 (also rodeo flip) (In snowboarding and surfing) an aerial maneuver combining a forward or backward flip with a rotation: her backside rodeo landed her on her back
More example sentences
  • Land more rodeo flips.
  • You did the Frontside 540 Rodeo Flip, in '88.
  • The drill is to charge downslope at the towering ramp and catapult off the top lip into a McTwist, a Rodeo Flip, or some other contortion.

verb (rodeos, rodeoing, rodeoed)

[no object] Back to top  
Compete in a rodeo.
Example sentences
  • He spent his youth rodeoing, riding saddle and bareback broncs.
  • The vintage black and white photographs tell the tales of the days when rough stock, rodeoing and breeding great horses ruled the way of life.
  • I have great memories from those days, just singing all night long and rodeoing during the day and I like the rodeo group.


Mid 19th century: from Spanish, from rodear 'go around', based on Latin rotare 'rotate'.


not be someone's first rodeo (or not be someone's first time at the rodeo)

North American Used to indicate that someone is not naive or inexperienced: I’m a professional. This ain’t my first time at the rodeo

Words that rhyme with rodeo

cardio • radio • video • audio

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