Cowhand vs Cowboy - What's the difference?

cowhand | cowboy | Hyponyms |

Cowboy is a hypernym of cowhand.

Cowboy is a hyponym of cowhand.

As nouns the difference between cowhand and cowboy

is that cowhand is one who tends free-range cattle, especially in the American West while cowboy is a man who tends free-range cattle, especially in the American West.

As a verb cowboy is

to work as a cowboy, herding cattle.



Alternative forms

* cow hand


(en noun)
  • One who tends free-range cattle, especially in the American West.
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , year = 1886 , month = April , volume = 8 , issue = 1 , title = Ranch Life and Game Shooting in the West , first = Theodore , last = Roosevelt , authorlink = Theodore Roosevelt , magazine = Outing , page = 3 , pageurl = http:// , passage = Though a first rate cow hand he very shortly proved himself to be wholly incapable of acting as head. }}
  • * {{quote-song
  • , year = 1936 , title = , composer = , url = , passage = I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande / but my legs ain't bowed and my cheeks ain't tan }}


    * cowperson * cowpoke




    (en noun)
  • A man who tends free-range cattle, especially in the American West.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1899, author=(Stephen Crane)
  • , title=, chapter=1 , passage=There was some laughter, and Roddle was left free to expand his ideas on the periodic visits of cowboys to the town. “Mason Rickets, he had ten big punkins a-sittin' in front of his store, an' them fellers from the Upside-down-F ranch shot 'em up […].”}}
  • A man who identifies with cowboy culture, including wearing a cowboy hat and being a fan of country and western music.
  • (label) A person who engages in reckless behavior, especially for the purpose of showing off.
  • A dishonest and/or incompetent independent tradesman.
  • A playing card of king rank.
  • Coordinate terms

    * cowgirl


    * cowhand * cowperson * cowpoke

    See also

    * cattleman * buckaroo


    (en verb)
  • To work as a cowboy, herding cattle.
  • * 1994 , Sherry Robinson, El Malpais, Mt. Taylor, and the Zuni Mountains: a hiking guide and history
  • Besides cowboying he worked at a small sawmill that cut logs into "four slabs and a tie" and sold ties to the railroad.
  • * 1995 , American Cowboy (volume 2, number 4, Nov-Dec 1995, page 26)
  • Derwood Bailey cowboyed for 50 cents a day, a noon meal, and a gallon of oats for his horse.
  • * 2003 , C. J. Hadley, Trappings of the Great Basin Buckaroo
  • I still had never ridden or cowboyed , and I wanted to learn something about it. I'd been making the damn saddles for years but didn't know how to use them.


    * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523 ----