Definition of Cowboy

1. Noun. A hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback.

2. Noun. A performer who gives exhibitions of riding and roping and bulldogging.
Exact synonyms: Rodeo Rider
Generic synonyms: Performer, Performing Artist

3. Noun. Someone who is reckless or irresponsible (especially in driving vehicles).
Generic synonyms: Adventurer, Venturer

Definition of Cowboy

1. n. A cattle herder; a drover; specifically, one of an adventurous class of herders and drovers on the plains of the Western and Southwestern United States.

Definition of Cowboy

1. Noun. A man who tends free-range cattle, especially in the American West. ¹

2. Noun. A man who identifies with cowboy culture, including wearing a cowboy hat and being a fan of country and western music. ¹

3. Noun. (informal) A person who engages in reckless behavior, especially for the purpose of showing off. ¹

4. Noun. (British informal) A dishonest and/or incompetent independent tradesman. ¹

5. Noun. (card games slang) A playing card of king rank. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To work as a cowboy, herding cattle. ¹

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Definition of Cowboy

1. to tend cattle or horses [v -BOYED, -BOYING, -BOYS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cowboy

cowboy (current term)
cowboy boot
cowboy boots
cowboy caviar
cowboy hat
cowboy hats
cowboy shot
cowboy shots
cowboys and Indians

Literary usage of Cowboy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. American Ballads and Songs by Louise Pound (1922)
"I'm on my best horse and I'm goin' at a run, I'm the quickest shootin' cowboy that ever pulled a gun. I went to the wagon to get my roll, To come back to ..."

2. Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp by John Avery Lomax (1919)
"A cowboy TOAST HERE'S to the passing cowboy, the plowman's pioneer; His home, the boundless ... With lasso, quirt, and 'colter the cowboy knew his skill; ..."

3. Arizona, the Wonderland: The History of Its Ancient Cliff and Cave Dwellings by George Wharton James (1917)
"To most people there is 'no difference between an Arizona cowboy and one ... The California cowboy uses a heavy saddle — averaging forty pounds in weight. ..."

4. Twenty-five Years a Parson in the Wild West: Being the Experience of Parson by John Brown, Ralph Riley (1896)
"I ^HE old-time Texas cowboy, like the old -*• miners of the Pacific Coast, ... The Texas cowboy of to-day is a spoiled man, like the sailor of to-day. ..."

5. Songs of the Cowboys by Nathan Howard Thorp (1921)
"The cowboy sees many hardships, although he takes them well; The fun we had upon that ... The cowboy's life is a dreary life, though his mind it is no load, ..."

6. A Ranchman's Recollections: An Autobiography in which Unfamiliar Facts by Frank S. Hastings (1921)
"... CHAPTER XIII SOME cowboy CHARACTERISTICS I SHALL write of cowboys as I found them in the spring of 1902, when I came to the SMS Ranch in Texas. ..."

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