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Definition: Originally a derogatory term describing a person who works on a ranch raising livestock.

In contemporary times the term became acceptable and can also include those who support the livestock industry in all its forms, including rodeo cowboys.

In a broader slang sense cowboy can be used to describe anyone who does their own thing, loves freedom, espouses rugged individualism, is quick to right perceived wrongs and upholds traditional values.

Cowboys have been known by many interesting names over the years.
Also Known As: brushpopper, buckaroo, cowpuncher, drover, paniolo, ranch hand, wrangler, vaquero
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