cow town


Definition of cow town

1 : a town or city that serves as a market center or shipping point for cattle
2 : a usually small unsophisticated town within a cattle-raising area

Examples of cow town in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe, just maybe, Lock can be the new sheriff in this dusty old cow town. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Broncos Country has a brand new toy. Why quarterback Drew Lock is cooler than Buzz Lightyear.," 8 Dec. 2019 Sugar Bowl When the Sugar Bowl opened in 1958, Scottsdale was more cow town than swanky place to chow down. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Scottsdale, Arizona, bucket list: Top 25 things to do," 9 Feb. 2015 Even the cow towns of the supposedly Wild West had gun laws far more strict than those found in any American jurisdiction today. Joseph Blocher, Vox, "A gun debate compromise: let cities and rural areas pass different laws," 24 Mar. 2018 People come from all over the world to Abilene to get a sense of the cow town where a handful of rough-and-tumble characters used to drive thousands of cattle coming up from Texas. Lauren Johnson And Jesse Sparks, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2017," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of cow town

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cow town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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