[ kou-muhn ]

noun,plural cow·men.
  1. Western U.S.

    • a person who owns cattle; rancher.

    • a cowboy or cowherd.

  2. British. a farmworker who tends cows.

Origin of cowman

First recorded in 1670–80; cow1 + man

Words Nearby cowman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cowman in a sentence

  • These redcoats move along social lines that don't look like much to a cowman; but once in the Force you must abide by them.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The cowman obeyed, and they seated themselves still further from Jack Dudley.

    Two Boys in Wyoming | Edward S. Ellis
  • He was holding the cowman under surveillance, ready to report or shoot on the first proof of his real purpose.

    Two Boys in Wyoming | Edward S. Ellis
  • The experience of the cowman was another illustration of how much depends in this world on what is called chance.

    Two Boys in Wyoming | Edward S. Ellis
  • The familiarity of the cowman with the canyon averted the mistake made by his young friend.

    Two Boys in Wyoming | Edward S. Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for cowman


/ (ˈkaʊmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. British another name for cowherd

  2. US and Canadian a man who owns cattle; rancher

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