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A cowboy or cowgirl.



a person employed on a cattle ranch; cowboy or cowgirl.
[1885–90, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cowhand - a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horsebackcowhand - 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
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From comparative affluence, Bijah Catlow once again became a 30-a-month cowhand, and he led the contingent that quit abruptly.
How can Musa, an illiterate cowhand, want to be the Class Captain?
Orphaned at thirteen, the poorly paid, patched-clothed cowhand Stubby Pringle is now nearing twenty as he looks forward to whooping it up at the schoolhouse in the valley for the Christmas dance.
I suddenly felt like part of a herd of dumb driven cattle under the spurs of a nasty cowhand who was obviously not happy picking up bags, and made no effort to conceal it.
This presentation by the Magical Moombah, a musical vaudeville for kids, features Sheriff Rumbles and his "cowpoke comrades" singing songs like "Home On The Range," "There's A Hole In The Bucket" and "I'm An Old Cowhand.
The other is a shiftless cowhand in whose mind lurks something evil and deadly.
On a Saturday in October, Omagbitse Omagbemi performed in Jon Kinzel's COWHAND CON MAN, for the eighth time in two weeks, at Gibney Dance in Lower Manhattan.
A man has got to be at least seventy-five years old to be a real old cowhand.
Chacon later found his way into Arizona and worked as a cowhand, mostly without incident.
Bush's infamous shout of "Yo, Blair," as if then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair were some cowhand -- people naturally wonder whether their country, too, is deemed subservient.
When Zack intervenes on behalf of a nine-year-old Mexican boy who was being brutalized by a cowhand, Zack has to kill the young cowhand in self-defense.
The exclusion applies even if the cowhand is working on leased land not owned by the employer (Regs.