Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cow-puncher n.

also cattle puncher, cowpunch, puncher

a cowboy; thus cowpunch v., to work as a cowboy; cow-punching n.

[US] in Colorado Mag. XVI (1939) 152: At Hugo the cow-punchers were assembling for the round-up [DA].
[UK]W.A. Baillie-Grohman Camps in the Rockies 19: I happened to be left alone with the now good-humouredly satiated ‘cow-puncher’.
[NZ]Observer and Freelance (Wellington) 29 Aug. 9/3: What was that cow-puncher doing at the party?
[US]F. Francis Jr Saddle and Mocassin 149: The title, ‘cow servants,’ so delighted the gentle ‘puncher’. [Ibid.] 150: The cow-punchers know and like a gentleman.
[US]D.J. O’Malley ‘The Cowboy Wishes’ in Stock Grower’s Journal 7 Apr. [Internet] With a long rawhide reata / And a big Colt’s forty-five / I’ll be a model puncher / As sure as you’re alive.
[US]J. London Tramp Diary in Jack London On the Road (1979) 38: A couple of cowboys or cattle punchers are raising cain generally.
[US]Oasis (Arizola, AZ) 26 June 6/1: Cattle are inquisitive and when they saw this rider on his wheel they wondered what kind of a cowpuncher he was.
[US]H. Garland Eagle’s Heart 194: I’m going to do a little cow-punchin’ for a man in Apache County.
[UK]Marvel 8 Dec. 24: The elder had been brought up as a Texan ‘cow-puncher’.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 46: He wasn’t a puncher at all, and a polled Angus beef steer or a mild eyed Jersey were all the same to him.
[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘From Each According to his Ability’ Voice of the City (1915) 228: What was that cow-puncher’s name?
Coosa River News (Centre, AL) 25 Aug. 3/2: He became ‘Poer Chip Charley’ for cow-punching purposes.
[UK]J. Buchan Greenmantle (1930) 310: Both these boys would have made good cow-punchers in the old days.
[US]Denton (MD) Journal 6 Jan. 1/7: All I’m fit for is to hobnob with punchers.
[US]Capt. Billy’s Whiz Bang Oct. 29: This beautiful chateau [...] is the possession of an illiterate cow-puncher, whose salary is greater than the President’s.
[US]‘Max Brand’ Pleasant Jim 20: If somebody wanted an extra puncher in your off season, what would you work for?
[US]E. Dahlberg Bottom Dogs 144: Skinny, who had cowpunched and played yukon in Cheyenne.
[US]‘Dean Stiff’ Milk and Honey Route 35: A cowboy is a ‘puncher’.
[US]O. Strange Sudden 41: I’m just an ordinary cowpunch.
[US]B. Conlon ‘Rope Meat’ Wild West Weekly 22 Oct. [Internet] The big yellow-haired puncher [...] was uncoiling a lariat from his saddle horn.
[UK]Rover 18 Feb. 3: Out of the tent strode a tough-looking cowpuncher.
[US]O. Strange Sudden Takes the Trail 152: Cowpunch, huh?
[US]H. Miller Sexus (1969) 477: Bing Crosby Junior finishes fourteen quatrains of Amerindian folklore written by a cowpuncher from Hester Street.
[US]Lait & Mortimer USA Confidential 164: Homosexualism runs through every race and class of society of California, including husky cowpunchers.
[US] ‘Jimmie Tucker’ in G. Logsdon Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 67: Signs pinned up on the bunk-house door, / ‘Punchers allowed at a quarter after four’.
[US]G. & K. Swarthout Whichaway (1967) 60: Twenty-five years ago, Beans was a dashing young cowpuncher.
[US] ‘The Open Book’ in G. Logsdon Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 111: So me, I’m plumb soured on cowpunchers.
[UK]Observer 31 Oct. 25: The cowhands (not cowpunchers, please) mutter an occasional ‘Come along, girls’.
[UK]Intelligent Life Spring 125/1: I was more a cowpuncher than a Pied Piper.