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  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.
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verb (used with object), cow·hid·ed, cow·hid·ing.
  1. to whip with a cowhide.
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Origin of cowhide

First recorded in 1630–40; cow1 + hide2
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Examples from the Web for cowhide

Historical Examples of cowhide

  • Adams armed himself with a cowhide, and watched for his victim.

    The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun;


  • Ye can cowhide me if ye wants to, but don't say nothin' against my Daddy!

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • The principal rolled up his sleeves, and took the cowhide in his hand.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic

  • "I am in no humor to trifle with you," said he, opening a desk, and taking out a cowhide.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic

  • Then take this cowhide and give your companion a taste of its quality.

British Dictionary definitions for cowhide


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