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Cowboy vs. Jackaroo

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Cowboynoun

A man who tends free-range cattle, especially in the American West.

Jackaroonoun

A white man living outside of a white settlement.

Cowboynoun

A man who identifies with cowboy culture, including wearing a cowboy hat and being a fan of country and western music.

Jackaroonoun

(Australia) A trainee station manager or owner, working as a stockman or farm hand; formerly, a young man of independent means working at a station in a supernumerary capacity to gain experience.

Cowboynoun

(informal) A person who engages in reckless behavior, especially for the purpose of showing off.

Jackarooverb

(intransitive) To work as a jackaroo.

‘Bill has gone jackarooing out west.’;

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Cowboynoun

A dishonest and/or incompetent independent tradesman.

Jackaroonoun

A young man living as an apprentice on a sheep station, or otherwise engaged in acquainting himself with colonial life.

Cowboynoun

A playing card of king rank.

Jackarooverb

To be a jackaroo; to pass one's time as a jackaroo.

Cowboyverb

(intransitive) To work as a cowboy, herding cattle.

Cowboynoun

A cattle herder; a drover; specifically, one of an adventurous class of herders and drovers on the plains of the Western and Southwestern United States.

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Cowboynoun

One of the marauders who, in the Revolutionary War infested the neutral ground between the American and British lines, and committed depredations on the Americans.

Cowboynoun

a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback

Cowboynoun

a performer who gives exhibitions of riding and roping and bulldogging

Cowboynoun

someone who is reckless or irresponsible (especially in driving vehicles)

Cowboynoun

(especially in the western US) a man who herds and tends cattle, performing much of his work on horseback

‘they are always playing cowboys and Indians’;

Cowboynoun

a dishonest or careless person in business, especially an unqualified one

‘cowboy coach firms are alleged to have flouted safety rules’;

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Cowboyverb

work as a cowboy.

Cowboy

A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks. The historic American cowboy of the late 19th century arose from the vaquero traditions of northern Mexico and became a figure of special significance and legend.

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