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

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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Spooner’s man, just north of town, was also a cowpoke, his hands extended, gripping nothing. Robert Simonson, New York Times, "A Road Trip to the Fiberglass Frontier of Northern Wisconsin," 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, "Lubbock is smack in middle of nowhere — and everywhere," 20 July 2019 This is a land of caprock, cowpokes and unending fields of cotton, a crop that loves the merciless sun of its semiarid climate. Mary Ann Anderson,, "Lots to love in Lubbock, a West Texas town with a cowboy past and a bright future," 18 July 2019 Walter Van Tilburg Clark turned the western on its head, or rather gave it what a cowpoke might call a neck-tie social. WSJ, "Five Best: Christopher Knowlton on Westerns," 19 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of cowpoke

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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