from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A white man living outside white settlement.
- n. A trainee station manager or owner, working as a stockman or farm hand; formerly, a young man of independent means working at a station in a supernumerary capacity to gain experience.
- v. To work as a jackaroo.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A young man living as an apprentice on a sheep station, or otherwise engaged in acquainting himself with colonial life.
- intransitive v. To be a jackaroo; to pass one's time as a jackaroo.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A new chum; a new arrival from England in the bush.
- To learn one's business by bush-farming: said of an inexperienced greenhorn in Australia who assumes the position and duties of a jackaroo before taking up a station of his own. See jackaroo, n.
Obscure. Possibly from an Aboriginal term meaning ‘wandering white man’. (Wiktionary)