Cowboy (noun)

  1. A worker in the cowboy tradition, especially in the western US, who herds and tends cattle, especially in an open range.
  2. A person who engages in daring or dangerous activities, especially one who is reckless or irresponsible.


Mid 19th century: originally used of a cattle driver in the western us, later extended to other western frontier workers.


  1. The old cowboy was a legend in his own time.
  2. The cowboy was a skilled horseman and marksman.
  3. The cowboy was a symbol of freedom and adventure.
  4. The cowboy was notorious for his wild behavior.
  5. The cowboy was hired to help with the roundup.
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