cow·​poke | \ˈkau̇-ˌpōk \

Definition of cowpoke 

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Synonyms for cowpoke


buckaroo (also buckeroo), cowboy, cowhand, cowman, cowpuncher, waddy (or waddie) [West], wrangler

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Examples of cowpoke in a Sentence

a movie about a couple of old cowpokes it takes a long time to train a good cowpoke

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His genial cowpoke persona is surrounded by profound silliness, gentle political satire and flashy fashions. Christopher Arnott,, "David Lutken Tames a Wild, Woolly 'Will Rogers Follies'," 3 May 2018 Curly the cowpoke has an almost Thoreauvian appreciation for the bright golden haze on the meadow. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Oklahoma! throws a bright, golden haze over history," 25 Apr. 2018 Dressed as a cowpoke, a Texan (Jon Voight) travels to New York to make money as a prostitute. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Film Series in NYC This Week," 29 June 2017 Competitors in Ricky’s rib eating contest Riscky’s BBQ National Day of the American Cowboy 1 No cowpoke will want to miss Fort Worth’s National Day of the American Cowboy celebration in the Stockyards this Saturday. Denise Harris, star-telegram, "Hello, weekend! Ribs, retro music and the real science of beer," 19 July 2017 Calf roper Scott Kormos from Teague, Texas, an eight-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, helped the young cowpokes sling lariats over the horns of one of five dummy steers positioned in the arena. Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post, "Special needs kids rope, wrestle and lasso at Denver’s Exceptional Rodeo," 18 Jan. 2017 Just after 7:30 a.m., a herd of 200 American Longhorn and Mexican Corriente cattle began making its way down Harbor Drive under the guidance of 48 cowpokes on horseback and a small but fast-moving fleet of herding dogs. Pam Kragen,, "200 cows take over downtown San Diego streets in historic cattle drive," 3 June 2017 Despite the gunslingers and cowpokes, this lively history evokes the headiest days of the housing bubble of the early 2000s or the tulip mania that hypnotized Holland in the 1600s. Edward Dolnick, New York Times, "Putting Cowboys — and Their Industry — in True Historical Context," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of cowpoke

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

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