Definition of sawbuck in English:


Syllabification: saw·buck
Pronunciation: /ˈsôˌbək


North American
  • 2 informal A $10 bill.
    [by association of the X-shaped ends of a sawhorse with the Roman numeral X (= 10)]
    More example sentences
    • She's a 9-year-old fashion junkie, and, on this particular Saturday, like most, she's been set loose in the mall with a sawbuck in her hot little hand.
    • She started out with ten dollars and after roughly 2 1/2 hours of playing time and lots of winning she had turned that sawbuck into $12,000.
    • I don't have an escrow account for taxes because my taxes are ruinously expensive, and I'd prefer to park the money someplace where it can produce a small brood of sawbucks.


mid 19th century: from Dutch zaagbok, from zaag 'saw' + bok 'vaulting horse'.

More definitions of sawbuck

Definition of sawbuck in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody