Definition of cowboy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkaʊbɔɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊbɔɪ//
    Farm people
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  1. 1(North American English also cowpoke old-fashioned or humorous) a man who rides a horse and whose job is to take care of cattle in the western parts of the US cowboy boots Culture Cowboys were especially important during the late 19th century, when they were needed to drive cattle over long distances. They were given a good public image in books and westerns, and Americans greatly admire their tough outdoor life and independent spirit. They still exist in the western US, and some compete in rodeos. see also cowboys and Indians See related entries: Farm people
  2. 2a man like this as a character in a film/movie about the American West children playing a game of cowboys and Indians
  3. 3(British English, informal, disapproving) a dishonest person in business, especially somebody who produces work of bad quality or charges too high a price
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