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From jackaroo +‎ -esse (feminine suffix).
Only the plural appears in Lawson. The singular form jackarooesse (not jackarooess) is as listed by Baker.[1]


jackarooesse (plural jackarooesses)

  1. (Australia, obsolete, rare) A female jackaroo.
    • 1910, Henry Lawson, The Exciseman, in The Rising of the Court and Other Sketches in Prose and Verse Project Gutenberg eBook #7447,
      These, and a big bucket-handled frying-pan and a few rusty convict-time arms on the slab walls, were mostly to amuse jackaroos and jackarooesses, and let them think they were getting into the Australian-dontcherknow at last.

Usage notes[edit]

The term jillaroo is used today.


  1. ^ 1966, Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, Second Edition, index, page 482.