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[kou-muh n] /ˈkaʊ mən/
noun, plural cowmen.
Western U.S.
  1. a person who owns cattle; rancher.
  2. a cowboy or cowherd.
British. a farmworker who tends cows.
Origin of cowman
First recorded in 1670-80; cow1 + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Tall, good-looking fellow, dressed like a cowman and wearing a gun.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Turning sharply about to the cowman, he caught him in a reluctant grin.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • Well, honey,” asked the cowman, “did you have him pulling leather?

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • “Just a friendly writing, like as not,” answered the cowman.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • “Chuckie is my daughter, legally adopted,” repeated the cowman.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • I don't mind the cowman, but the maiden lady is a large order.

  • Would he wait for it, as in the case of the cowman whom Elsie had told about?

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • "Don't waste any sympathy on him, Miss Evelyn," the cowman interrupted.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • The cowman was so angry that he smoked savagely at his pipe for a minute in silence.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • The cowman had accomplished something, though less than he hoped.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for cowman


noun (pl) -men
(Brit) another name for cowherd
(US & Canadian) a man who owns cattle; rancher
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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