cow·​poke ˈkau̇-ˌpōk How to pronounce cowpoke (audio)

Example Sentences

a movie about a couple of old cowpokes it takes a long time to train a good cowpoke
Recent Examples on the Web His name was Buzz Lightyear, defender of decency and good dentistry throughout the cosmos, and thanks to his chemistry with a cowpoke named Woody, this popular (and highly merchandisable) plastic-fantastic hero became an interstellar superstar. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 June 2022 Recall that there is a contentious posture by some that the AI sub-symbolics approach is the only cowpoke that belongs in AI town. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 May 2022 There is only room for one cowpoke in these hereabout parts, namely the rough and ready AI sub-symbolics. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 May 2022 If The Mule was a little bit about Eastwood the man, Cry Macho is about Eastwood the screen icon, the steely cowpoke who can communicate a range of emotions with a grunt. David Sims, The Atlantic, 15 Sep. 2021 Channel your inner cowpoke on this longer loop at the Western Gateway trailhead. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 5 Mar. 2021 Bull riding, bronc busting, barrel racing, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping and team penning are among the events scheduled, along with pee-wee activities for little cowpokes. Roger Naylor, azcentral, 23 Aug. 2019 Spooner’s man, just north of town, was also a cowpoke, his hands extended, gripping nothing. Robert Simonson, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2019 This is Texas east of the Pecos, a land of cowpokes and unending fields of cotton, a crop that loves the merciless sun of its semiarid climate. Mary Ann Anderson, Twin Cities, 20 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cowpoke was circa 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Cowpoke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



cow·​poke ˈkau̇-ˌpōk How to pronounce cowpoke (audio)
: cowboy
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