1. the hide of a cow.
  2. the leather made from it.
  3. a strong, flexible whip made of rawhide or of braided leather.
  4. cowhides, Informal. a pair of boots or shoes, especially those made of cowhide.
verb (used with object), cow·hid·ed, cow·hid·ing.
  1. to whip with a cowhide.

Origin of cowhide

First recorded in 1630–40; cow1 + hide2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for cowhide


  1. the hide of a cow
  2. the leather made from such a hide
Also called: cowskin
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