how to pronounce cowboy


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the above transcription of cowboy is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

cowboy is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of cowboy in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… by a cowboy boot or a flat sandal I mean …”

meanings of cowboy


  1. A playing card of king rank.
  2. A man who tends free-range cattle, especially in the American West.
  3. A man who identifies with cowboy culture, including wearing a cowboy hat and being a fan of country and western music.
  4. A person who engages in reckless behavior, especially for the purpose of showing off.
  5. A dishonest and/or incompetent independent tradesman.


  1. To work as a cowboy, herding cattle.

cowboy frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word cowboy occurs in english on average 9.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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