also PUCKAROO, PUKAROO, PUKARU (for adj. and verb only)
useless, broken, out of order; destroyed, finished ...1943 NZ sl.
a young man ...1952 US sl.
to break, to destroy, to ruin; to kill ...1840 NZ sl.
for adj. & verb - from Maori pākaru (to break; also, broken);
for noun - a variant of buckeroo (a lively young man)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1840 - see EXAMPLE below
"... I was fearful that they might burst my gun but in such a situation it was necessary to have a serviceable gun or none & I determined to fire it off. This caused a ridiculous scene the Mauries swore that we should all be Puckarooed as well as the gun and away they scuttled hiding themselves in the long flax. I took the precaution of firing my gun with a laniard and rejoice to say it did not burst. Even in our then present position the affair caused much mirth..."
From: The Journal of Ensign Best
- Abel Dottin William Best
Edited by Nancy M. Taylor