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Meaning of “cowboy” in the English Dictionary

"cowboy" in British English

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cowboynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkaʊ.bɔɪ/
  • cowboy noun [C] (FARM WORKER)

(also cowhand, uk   /-hænd/ us   ) a ​person, ​especially in the ​western US, whose ​job is to take ​care of cattle, and who usually ​rides a ​horse, or a ​similarcharacter in a ​film: The ​ranchemployed ten or twelve cowboys. He was ​wearing cowboy boots and a cowboy hat. I don't much like cowboy films/​movies.
  • cowboy noun [C] (DISHONEST PERSON)

UK informal someone who is not ​honest, ​careful, or ​skilful in ​theirtrade or ​business, or someone who ​ignoresrules that most ​peopleobey and is ​therefore not ​considered to be ​responsible: Those ​builders are a ​bunch of cowboys - they made a ​terriblejob of ​ourextension.
(Definition of cowboy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cowboy" in American English

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cowboynoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑʊˌbɔɪ/ (female cowgirl,  /ˈkɑʊˌɡɜrl/ )
a ​personemployed to take ​care of ​cattle, who usually ​rides a ​horse
(Definition of cowboy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cowboy" in Business English

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cowboynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkaʊbɔɪ/ UK informal
someone who is dishonest or careless in their ​trade or ​business: cowboy ​builder/​trader
(Definition of cowboy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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