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cowboy

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noun cow·boy \-ˌbȯi\

Simple Definition of cowboy

  • : a man who rides a horse and whose job is to take care of cows or horses especially in the western U.S.

  • : a man who performs in a rodeo

  • : someone who has qualities that are commonly associated with the cowboys in movies; especially : someone who does things that other people consider foolish and dangerous

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cowboy

  1. 1 :  one who tends cattle or horses; especially :  a usually mounted cattle-ranch hand

  2. 2 :  a rodeo performer

  3. 3 :  one having qualities (as recklessness, aggressiveness, or independence) popularly associated with cowboys: as a :  a reckless driver b :  a business or businessperson operating in an uncontrolled or unregulated manner

Examples of cowboy in a sentence

  1. a movie about cowboys in the old West

  2. He worked for several years as a cowboy on a ranch in Texas.

  3. We've got a bunch of risk-taking cowboys running this project.



1623

First Known Use of cowboy

1623


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cowboy

verb cow·boy

Simple Definition of cowboy

  • : to work as a cowboy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cowboy

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to work as a cowboy <cowboyed in Texas and Oklahoma>


COWBOY Defined for Kids

cowboy

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noun cow·boy \ˈkau̇-ˌbȯi\

Definition of cowboy for Students

  1. :  a man or boy who works on a ranch or performs at a rodeo





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