cow·​hand ˈkau̇-ˌhand How to pronounce cowhand (audio)

Examples of cowhand in a Sentence

we need to hire a new cowhand to help out
Recent Examples on the Web Houston is also home to the rodeo, the country’s oldest Black trail ride, and Black cowboy culture — in 1800s Texas, one in four cowhands were Black. Maria Sherman, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2024 On a recent morning, one cowhand lounged in dusty jeans. Jes Aznar Mike Ives, New York Times, 26 June 2023 At a stockyard beneath the bleachers, some cowhands cooked fish for breakfast just after sunrise. Jes Aznar Mike Ives, New York Times, 26 June 2023 After emancipation, former slaves found work as cowhands, building the horse and ranch culture that became synonymous with the American West. Bitter Kali, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 June 2023 Celebrate snow and cowhand culture See elaborate snow sculptures, enjoy fat bike trails and curling rinks, and watch teams of horses and riders skijor through Banff during the Canadian town’s free SnowDays event, Jan. 18-29. Kari Bodnarchuk,, 28 Dec. 2022 Her late father grew up as an orphan and learned to celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas while working as a cowhand in Blanding. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Nov. 2021 Brisby’s ranch duties come second to mugging for the camera and teasing his employees, which include a Costanza-like cowhand who’s afraid of climbing onto a bucking horse. Neal Justin, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug. 2021 Cooper Grodin excels as Ali Hakim, a peddler in checked jacket and pants who is desperately trying to escape Annie’s clutches, and Sean Bell is also an asset as cowhand Will Parker, intent on marrying Annie but dismayed by her wayward ways. Don Aucoin,, 14 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cowhand was in 1852

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“Cowhand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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cow·​hand -ˌhand How to pronounce cowhand (audio)
: cowboy
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