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Meaning of cowboy by Wiktionary Dictionary





    cowboy ( plural: cowboys )

    1. A man who tends free-range cattle, especially in the American West .
    2. A man who identifies with cowboy culture, including wearing a cowboy hat and being a fan of country and western music .
    3. ( informal ) A person who engages in reckless behavior, especially for the purpose of showing off .
    4. ( UK, informal ) A dishonest and/or incompetent independent tradesman .
    5. ( card games slang ) A playing card of king rank .

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    cowboy ( third-person singular simple present cowboys present participle cowboying, simple past and past participle cowboyed )

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

    See also

    • Weisenberg, Michael ( 2000 ) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523

Explanation of cowboy by Wordnet Dictionary


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

    2. someone who is reckless or irresponsible ( especially in driving vehicles )

    3. a performer who gives exhibitions of riding and roping and bulldogging

    Definition of cowboy by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cowboy ( -boi ), n.
      1. 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.

      2. One of the marauders who, in the Revolutionary War infested the neutral ground between the American and British lines, and committed depredations on the Americans.

    2. cowpoke n. a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback; -- an informal name for cowboy.

      Syn. -- cowboy, cowpuncher, puncher, cowman, cattleman, cowhand, cowherd.