from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that breaks up something: a crime buster.
  • n. A broncobuster.
  • n. A particularly robust child.
  • n. A baby buster.
  • n. Informal Fellow. Used in addressing a man or boy, especially out of annoyance: Watch where you're going, buster!

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A guy, fellow; a friend.
  • n. A loser, uncool person.
  • n. A staged fall, used in theatrical and film comedy.
  • n. A person, thing, or event that breaks or overpowers someone or something, often used in compound terms, as crime buster, ballbuster, blockbuster, broncobuster.
  • n. Something huge.
  • n. A riotous, dashing young fellow.
  • n. A spree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Something huge; a roistering blade; also, a spree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Something of extraordinary size.
  • n. A roisterer.
  • n. A frolic; a spree.
  • n. A violent wind.
  • n. In Australia, a sudden violent squall from the south.
  • n. One who breaks intractable horses to the saddle; a bronco-buster.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an informal form of address for a man
  • n. a person who breaks horses
  • n. a person (or thing) that breaks up or overpowers something
  • n. a robust child
  • n. a person born in the generation following the baby boom when the birth rate fell dramatically


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  • "1. In Australia, a sudden violent squall from the south." --Cent. Dict.

    September 22, 2011

  • Really?

    October 21, 2007

  • plow, short for broncobuster

    February 23, 2007