According to Milo, the secret to cowboy jargon lies in one word: “cock.”
“As soon as cowboy and astronaut were out of the picture, I knew I wanted to write,” he says.
Sometimes he dons a ranger hat, which is about as imaginative as cowboy boots for affecting a down-home cool.
I put monkeys on the sheep, and one was a cowboy in chaps and a cowboy hat, and one was a jockey in silks.
After delivering a speech, he put on his trademark black hat, which is a hybrid of a cowboy hat and a Stetson.
He found himself holding his breath in order to be sure that the clamor of a coyote was not a cowboy signal of attack.
Altogether, the cowboy's failure to return worked a general hardship.
When the cowboy opened the corral gate, Beauty, the cow, rushed into the corral and sniffed the ground suspiciously.
Warm were the greetings exchanged now by the cowboy and Johnnie.
She even liked pictures in which the hero kissed a girl, and Jerry could hardly bear to see a cowboy kiss a horse.
1725, "boy who tends to cows," from cow (n.) + boy. Sense in Western U.S. is from 1849; in figurative use by 1942 for "brash and reckless young man" (as an adjective meaning "reckless," from 1920s). Cowhand is first attested 1852 in American English (see hand (n.)). Cowpoke (said to be 1881, not in popular use until 1940s) was said to be originally restricted to the cowboys who prodded cattle onto railroad cars with long poles.
To murder recklessly and openly: even if we had to cowboy them (which) means that we were to kill them any place we found them even if it was in the middle of Broadway (1920s+ Underworld)