cowboy etymology

English word cowboy comes from English cow, English boy

Detailed word origin of cowboy

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
cow English (eng) (transitive) To intimidate; to daunt the spirits or courage of. Found primarily in the passive voice. (biology) A female member of other large species of mammal, including the bovines, moose, whales, seals, hippos, rhinos, manatees, and elephants.. (derogatory, informal) A woman considered unpleasant in some way, particularly one considered nasty, stupid, fat, lazy, or difficult.. (formerly, [...]
boy English (eng) (transitive) to act as a boy (in allusion to the former practice of boys acting women's parts on the stage). To use the word boy to refer to someone (US, slang) Heroin. [from 20th c.]. (affectionate, diminutive) A male of any age, particularly one rather younger than the speaker. [from 17th c.]. (diminutive) A male child: a son of any age.. (historical, military) A former low rank of various [...]
cowboy English (eng) (intransitive) To work as a cowboy, herding cattle. (British, informal) A dishonest and/or incompetent independent tradesman.. (card games, slang) A playing card of king rank.. (informal) A person who engages in reckless behavior, especially for the purpose of showing off.. A man who identifies with cowboy culture, including wearing a cowboy hat and being a fan of country and western music.. [...]

Words with the same origin as cowboy

Descendants of boy