What does Cowboy mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cowboy, cowpuncher, puncher, cowman, cattleman, cowpoke, cowhand, cowherd(noun)

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

  2. cowboy, rodeo rider(noun)

    a performer who gives exhibitions of riding and roping and bulldogging

  3. cowboy(noun)

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


  1. cowboy(Noun)

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

  2. cowboy(Noun)

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

  3. cowboy(Noun)

    A person who engages in reckless behavior, especially for the purpose of showing off.

  4. cowboy(Noun)

    A dishonest and/or incompetent independent tradesman.

  5. cowboy(Noun)

    A playing card of king rank.

  6. cowboy(Verb)

    To work as a cowboy, herding cattle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cowboy(noun)

    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. Cowboy(noun)

    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


  1. Cowboy

    A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks. The historic American cowboy of the late 19th century arose from the vaquero traditions of northern Mexico and became a figure of special significance and legend. A subtype, called a wrangler, specifically tends the horses used to work cattle. In addition to ranch work, some cowboys work for or participate in rodeos. Cowgirls, first defined as such in the late 19th century, had a less-well documented historical role, but in the modern world have established the ability to work at virtually identical tasks and obtained considerable respect for their achievements. There are also cattle handlers in many other parts of the world, particularly South America and Australia, who perform work similar to the cowboy in their respective nations. The cowboy has deep historic roots tracing back to Spain and the earliest European settlers of the Americas. Over the centuries, differences in terrain, climate and the influence of cattle-handling traditions from multiple cultures created several distinct styles of equipment, clothing and animal handling. As the ever-practical cowboy adapted to the modern world, the cowboy's equipment and techniques also adapted to some degree, though many classic traditions are still preserved today.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. cowboy

    [Sun, from William Gibson's cyberpunk SF] Synonym for hacker. It is reported that at Sun this word is often said with reverence.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cowboy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cowboy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Cowboy in a Sentence

  1. Rose Dickinson:

    The government's plans pervert the planning process and could make England's landscape a wild west for whatever cowboy wants to start drilling and digging up our countryside.

  2. Jason Patrick:

    I've heard' peaceful resolution' for weeks now and now there’s a cowboy who is my friend who is dead – so prepare for the peaceful resolution.

  3. Marsha Farney:

    People even overseas, when they see a cowboy hat, they have an affiliation of Texas with that cowboy hat.

  4. Oriana Fallaci:

    Henry Kissinger may have wished I had presented him as a combination of Charles DeGaulle and Disraeli, but I didn't. . .out of respect for DeGaulle and Disraeli. I described him as a cowboy because thats how he described himself. If I were a cowboy I would be offended.

  5. Jerry Witt:

    I can go to my brothers, tell them what’s on my mind, there’s no judgmental things there, we can pray together, we can talk Scripture together, and I can just be myself…We’ve laughed, we’ve cried… but that’s what I personally need and I think that’s what a lot of guys need. Instead of just man up, cowboy up—open up. Open up and be yourself.

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    the sport of traveling on a bicycle or motorcycle
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