Definition of cowboy in English:

cowboy

Line breaks: cow¦boy
Pronunciation: /ˈkaʊbɔɪ
 
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noun

1(Especially in the western US) a man who herds and tends cattle, performing much of his work on horseback: they are always playing cowboys and Indians
More example sentences
  • Near the heart of town, I spied a group of cowboys herding some cattle into a fenced-off pasture.
  • On working ranches in Colorado, guests can help with the cattle alongside the cowboys and cowgirls at work.
  • How odd it seemed to have once played cowboys and Indians on the same rocks, then warm and white in the afternoon sun.
Synonyms
cattleman, cowhand, cowman, cowherd, herder, herdsman, drover, stockman, rancher; in Spanish-speaking Americagaucho, llanero, ranchero, vaquero
North American informal cowpuncher, cowpoke, broncobuster
North American dated buckaroo
archaic herd
2British informal A dishonest or careless person in business, especially an unqualified one: [as modifier]: cowboy coach firms are alleged to have flouted safety rules
More example sentences
  • I wanted to make certain that we were going about it correctly, and not employing cowboys on our business.
  • ‘It is not the case of a cowboy firm failing to contact the Environment Agency in order to cut costs,’ he said.
  • He also accused some motorists of behaving like ignoramuses and cowboys who put business in jeopardy.
Synonyms
cheat, swindler, fraudster, trickster, charlatan, scoundrel, rogue, rascal, unscrupulous operator; incompetent, amateur, bungler, blunderer, bumbler
British informal bodger

verb

[no object] North American informal Back to top  
Work as a cowboy.
More example sentences
  • Having shared the dangers of their trek on my first season cowboying, they assumed I would return.
  • After years of cowboying, he had been ready to settle into something that would keep him still the rest of his days.
  • During the ‘30s he cowboyed Sonora County's rough country of rimrocks, canyons and sotols for $30 a month.

Phrasal verbs

cowboy up

US informal Make a determined effort to overcome an obstacle or deal with a difficult situation: if the recount votes aren’t to his liking, he still needs to cowboy up and let the voters' will be heard
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  • But a man, she thought, was supposed to endure pain, cowboy up, and not bitch about it all day long.
  • Both sides need to cowboy up.
  • This would be an open attempt to get them to thinking that they need to cowboy up and put me in my place.

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