One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who is employed to tend grazing cattle.
- ‘He wears check shirts, worked as a cowman all his life, except for his years in the army.’
- ‘The company is trying to reverse years of progress on rangeland restoration to serve a handful of cowmen.’
- ‘Whenever there was no cowman around, Judy chose to milk the cows - that was from about age eight.’
- ‘Open-range cattle raising had been transformed as had the cowmen involved.’
- ‘He went on to paint Dutch scenes although with cowmen instead of goatherds among the weirs.’
- 1.1North American A cowboy.
cattleman, cowhand, cowherd, herder, herdsman, drover, stockman, rancherView synonyms
- ‘The cowmen did the come-along-little-doggie routine and when they a got to town were probably smart to get a bath.’
- ‘Two men at the table nearest him were obviously cowmen.’
- ‘It's just that Daddy never took too kindly to cowmen.’
- ‘In my last ten years living in south Texas I have heard lots of people calling themselves cowboys, cowmen and cattlemen etc.’
- ‘He remembered hearing an old-time cowhand say: ‘That fellow must be a real cowman himself.’’
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