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cowboy

noun cow·boy \ ˈkau̇-ˌbȯi \

Definition of cowboy

1 :one who tends cattle or horses; especially :a usually mounted cattle-ranch hand
2 :a rodeo performer
3 :one having qualities (such as recklessness, aggressiveness, or independence) popularly associated with cowboys: such 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.

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Did You Know?

In the American West, a horseman skilled at handling cattle is called a cowboy. From ca.1820, cowboys were employed in small numbers on Texas ranches. After the Civil War, their numbers rapidly multiplied as cattle-raising evolved into a lucrative industry throughout the western territories. Cowboys rounded up and branded the cattle, kept watch over the herd, and drove those ready for market to railroad towns. As the agricultural frontier moved west, the open range was transformed into farms, and by 1890 cowboys had been forced to settle on ranches. The romance of their image lives on in American folklore and through movies and television.

First Known Use of cowboy

1623

cowboy Synonyms


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cowboy

verb

Definition of cowboy

intransitive verb
:to work as a cowboy
  • cowboyed in Texas and Oklahoma

Examples of cowboy in a Sentence

  1. He cowboyed in Texas and Oklahoma.

Recent Examples of cowboy from the Web

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First Known Use of cowboy

1925


COWBOY Defined for English Language Learners

cowboy

noun

Definition of cowboy for English Language Learners

  • : 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


cowboy

verb

Definition of cowboy for English Language Learners

  • : to work as a cowboy


COWBOY Defined for Kids

cowboy

noun cow·boy \ ˈkau̇-ˌbȯi \

Definition of cowboy for Students

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


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