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cow·poke

 (kou′pōk′)
n.
A cowboy or cowgirl.

cow•poke

(ˈkaʊˌpoʊk)

n.
a cowboy or cowgirl.
[1880–85]

Cowpoke

1. A contrivance hung about a cow’s neck to make it difficult for the cow to crawl through a fence. The poke was usually made of a light tree limb fork about three feet long. Factory-made models of iron straps were also available.
2. A colloquial expression for cowboy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cowpoke - a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horsebackcowpoke - a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
buckaroo, buckeroo, vaquero - local names for a cowboy (`vaquero' is used especially in southwestern and central Texas and `buckaroo' is used especially in California)
cowgirl - a woman cowboy
gaucho - a cowboy of the South American pampas
horse wrangler, wrangler - a cowboy who takes care of the saddle horses
ranch hand - a hired hand on a ranch
roper - a cowboy who uses a lasso to rope cattle or horses
Translations

cowpoke

[ˈkaʊpəʊk] N (US) → vaquero m
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