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A cowboy or a cowgirl.


(ˈkaʊˌpʌntʃə) or


(Agriculture) US and Canadian informal words for cowboy


(ˈkaʊˌpʌn tʃər)

a cowboy or cowgirl.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cowpuncher - a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horsebackcowpuncher - 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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It's no wonder cowpunchers and ranchers of old doted on their Model 1873s.
They worked as coal miners, train mechanics, barkeeps, cowpunchers, lumberjacks, shepherds and Indian traders - Slavs, Italians, Finns, Russians, Irish, Greeks, Mexicans, Navajos and Zunis.
The cowpunchers was a totally different class from these other fellows on the frontier.
To pick up additional cash, Duke worked as an extra in crowd scenes, which sometimes was as simple as putting on a cowboy hat and standing at the back of a group of movie cowpunchers in large outdoor shots.
(18) Russell had championed Beil's work at the end of his life, saying, "He is the best I've ever seen at modelling horses and cowpunchers." (19) Such respect and mentorship led to Bell assisting Nancy Russell with unfinished bronzes and paintings of Russell's, prior to moving north into Alberta and eventually settling in Banff.
The cowpunchers Lin and Chancy Bryce seek shelter from the long arm from the law by earning a living working as cowpunchers at a widow's ranch.
The town is alive with cardplayers friendly women drunks and restless cowpunchers all ready to tell you stories and take everything you got."
Leah promises to give a rip-roaring performance in the title role, ably supported by her fellow gun-slinger, cowpunchers, cowboys and girls.
Most cowboys were forced to sell their labor for low wages and under poor working conditions, and cowpunchers trying to compete as small owners were often accused of rustling by the large interests and were subjected to the violence of vigilantes and private detectives like Pinkerton's Charlie Siringo (1912).
According to Montana artist Charlie Russell, who cowboyed in the late 1800's, "Cowpunchers were careless, homeless, hard-drinking men." Only in the Spanish-speaking southern U.S.
So in reality most true cowpunchers were not gun wise in the Hollywood icon sense.