Cowhand vs Cowpoke - What's the difference?

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Cowpoke is a synonym of cowhand.


As nouns the difference between cowhand and cowpoke

is that cowhand is one who tends free-range cattle, especially in the american west while cowpoke is (us|slang) a cowhand (one who tends free-range cattle).

cowhand

English

Alternative forms

* cow hand

Noun

(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://http://books.google.com/books?id=0ulYAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA3 , 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 = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFS6UXi4DB4 , passage = I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande / but my legs ain't bowed and my cheeks ain't tan }}

    Synonyms

    * cowperson * cowpoke

    cowpoke

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (US, slang) A cowhand (one who tends free-range cattle)
  • (US, dated) A device used in 19th century, some of which were patented or farm made and used around the neck of cows and other livestock to prevent them from challenging fencing. The action of the device was to poke the cow when the device came in contact with the fence.
  • Synonyms

    * (person) cowhand, cowperson

    Hyponyms

    * (person) cowboy, cowgirl