from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See cowboy.
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- n. A cowboy
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
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At any time he was ready with a sneer for what he called the cowpuncher's "grandstanding."
The cowpuncher was a potential cattle-owner and good citizen, and if he went wild on occasion it was largely because he was so exuberantly young.
The cowpuncher was a long-bodied man, smooth-muscled and lithe.
It came as a shock to her to realize that fact -- she was becoming as wild as this "cowpuncher" husband of hers, who even now was sallying forth with spade and ax to excavate a shallow grave in the frozen earth, to save a man's body from prowling wolves.
Indeed her anger at the whole species called "cowpuncher" now focused to a burning-point on him of the gilded spurs.
Watching Mr. Brubeck treat the piano like a restless horse made me wonder whether he was still a cowpuncher at heart.
No cowpuncher would be fool enough to ride out at midnight in the dead of winter unless he had to.
"You just tend your cattle like a good little cowpuncher?"
But it's doubtful that any cowpuncher of the day ever looked this spiffy, his outfit sparkling with a constellation of nickel-plated "dots" on his chinks, gun belt, and shotshell belt.
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AN UNLIKELY PAIR, match the fresh-faced girl with two earrings in her right ear sitting with the cowpuncher with the droopy gray mustache, sweat-stained hat, and dusty jeans.