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[kou-puhn-cher] /ˈkaʊˌpʌn tʃər/
a cowboy or cowgirl.
Origin of cowpuncher
1875-80; cow1 + puncher (see punch1, -er1) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The cowpuncher took it without the twitching of a muscle in the brown face.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
  • But the cowpuncher was desperate and knew how to handle her.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • "A hundred and eighty years old," answered the cowpuncher promptly with a grin.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
  • Then the cowpuncher bethought him of his duty to his employer.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Every cowpuncher, it seemed, must play at least one trick on the tenderfeet.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • “Makes me glad, missie,” said the cowpuncher, with alacrity.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • "Thar ain't no way I can see to think he didn't," responded the cowpuncher.

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • "Just a word with you, Mr. cowpuncher," said Herbert in a loud voice.

  • He was no longer dressed in the outfit of a cowpuncher, but wore a gray street suit and a Panama straw hat.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
  • The cowpuncher's fingers were opening and closing convulsively.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas Frank Gee Patchin
British Dictionary definitions for cowpuncher


(US & Canadian) informal words for cowboy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for cowpuncher



A cowboy

[first form 1870s+, second 1880s+; fr the use of metal-tipped prods to drive cattle into railroad cars]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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