from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See cowboy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cowhand (one who tends free-range cattle)
  • n. A device used in 19th century, some of which were patented or farm made and used around the neck of cows and other livestock to prevent them from challenging fencing. The action of the device was to poke the cow when the device came in contact with the fence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback; -- an informal name for 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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  • In other words, a scene of a cowpoke loping across the Great Plains would look the same on the silver screen as seeing it in person.

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  • The lone investigator uncovering nasty truths and righting wrongs has proved as appealing as the cowboy hero; and he or she has survived longer than the cowpoke by adapting to change: in technology, in literary technique and in job description.

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  • I swallow a couple Klonopin to get my moneymaker good and loose, and lash on the ass-less chaps that are the cornerstone of my raunchy cowpoke rig.

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  • Jock, cowpoke, oil roughneck, founder in Silicon Valley, stock trader and such

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  • Still see cowboy hats in the rural areas and urban bars, but many of the redneck/cowpoke types wear baseball caps now too.

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  • “Yep,” I said, mentally rolling my eyes at myself, but feeling resigned to the fact that I was, apparently, going to occasionally speak like a cowpoke from now on.

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  • What does the cowpoke Svengali have up his sleeve?

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  • All the riders kept their distance from the black, who worked almost as another cowpoke to keep the bunch going in the right direction.

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  • What exactly Farron had done to rile Miss Pattee was not known, except that he was an unusually handsome cowpoke with a fondness for women of considerable size, so it is possible that their mutual inclinations led to a clash that might have been fatal, had Farron not decided to hightail it south and cross the U.S. border before Ilah could get within axe range.

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  • Like the time you and Ezra and that old cowpoke Teeter Spawn stole them O-Bar horses.

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