Main definitions of muley in English

: muley1muley2

muley1

adjective

US
  • (of cattle) hornless.

    • ‘In one of the most entertaining events of the weekend, 20 two-man teams joined forces to rope and tie muley cattle weighing 600+ lb.’
    • ‘You big boys seem to be like the muley cows in Oklahoma, who do not like to hook horns because muley cows by definition don't have horns.’
    • ‘The Jr. Boys will rope muley steers or calves at all rodeos; no roping steers will be used.’

Origin

Late 16th century (as noun): perhaps from Irish maol or Welsh moel, literally bald, used in the sense hornless cow. The adjective dates from the mid 19th century. Compare with moiley.

Pronunciation:

muley

/ˈmjuːli/

Main definitions of muley in English

: muley1muley2

muley2

(also mulie)

noun

US
informal
  • A mule deer.

    • ‘We mainly hunt muleys and they are rather large compared to the whitetails I have seen.’
    • ‘Even when they are relatively young, however, whitetails and muleys are much larger than coyotes; their hooves are dangerous, often fatal, to coyotes that overstep predatory bounds.’
    • ‘A small herd of muleys, both bucks and does, were hopping over the sage, making their way down a valley just outside of our camp.’

Pronunciation:

muley

/ˈmjuːli/