from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See bronco.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Western U.S. A native or a Mexican horse of small size.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of bronco.

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  • noun an unbroken or imperfectly broken mustang


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  • "I'll take the shine off this costume in about one day," said Jim grimly, "when I get in the open, I would rather break a broncho, than a new suit of clothes."

    Frontier Boys on the Coast or in the Pirate's Power

  • To keep himself afloat and offer no resistance to the broncho was the most that he could do, and the best.

    The Furnace of Gold

  • The broncho is a child in size and strength compared to

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1920

  • My pack horse which I rode to-day, a buckskin colored broncho, which is docile under the pack saddle, "bucked" as I mounted him this morning; but I kept my seat in the saddle without difficulty.

    The Discovery of Yellowstone Park

  • Two minutes 'ride brought the leaders to the smouldering ruins of the baggage wagon, at sight of which, and the charred and unrecognizable body in their midst, his captain had groaned aloud, then forced his "broncho" up the rocky path to where they had made their camp, and then, when he saw the ruined ambulance and all the evidences of Apache triumph, he reeled in his saddle and would have fallen headlong had not two stout troopers held him while their young lieutenant thrust a flask of brandy between the ashen lips; and then in his wild vision Pike saw them ride on and on up the road right beneath them -- only a quarter of a mile away -- never heeding, never looking for him and his precious charges.

    Sunset Pass or Running the Gauntlet Through Apache Land

  • Uttering a tremendous grunt, he arched his back again, stamping with all four feet, somewhat like the capers of a Mexican "broncho" when preparing to buck "; then he snorted once more, with such explosive force as seemed to shake the tree beside which we were hidden, as he looked about for something to pitch into.

    Crossing the Plains, Days of '57 A Narrative of Early Emigrant Tavel to California by the Ox-team Method

  • Skin like tissue paper, mouth like silk, but kill the toughest broncho ever foaled -- look at them lungs an 'nostrils.


  • Milda was fourteen years old, an unadulterated broncho, and in temperament was a combination of mule and jack-rabbit blended equally.


  • "Just as you got to take the buck out of a broncho, you've got to take the bite out of a lion."


  • There will be sleeping on the couch while I try to recoup my energy reserves and settle the whole broncho-spasm thing.

    Two steps forward ...


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  • Citation on quirt.

    See also bronco.

    August 9, 2008