cowboy meaning A cowboy is a ranch worker whose job is to herd or tend cattle while riding a horse. If you visit a ranch, you may get to watch cowboys doing tricks with lassos.
Cowboys work hard caring for herds of cattle, and they are experts at doing their jobs on horseback. Many cowboys also perform in rodeos, either for money or just for fun. A cowboy is traditionally male, and while there are women who do the same work on ranches, they’re typically called cowgirls. The word cowboy dates from the early 1800s in the Western United States — sometimes these ranch workers were called cowhands or cowpokes.
a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horsebacksynonyms:
cattleman, cowhand, cowherd, cowman, cowpoke, cowpuncher, punchersee moretypes:
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- buckaroo, buckeroo, vaquerolocal names for a cowboy (`vaquero’ is used especially in southwestern and central Texas and `buckaroo’ is used especially in California)
- cowgirla woman cowboy
- gauchoa cowboy of the South American pampas
- horse wrangler, wranglera cowboy who takes care of the saddle horses
- ropera cowboy who uses a lasso to rope cattle or horses
- ranch handa hired hand on a ranch
a performer who gives exhibitions of riding and roping and bulldogging
someone who is reckless or irresponsible (especially in driving vehicles)