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Mildred Douglas, world champion lady bronco buster (1918)


cow +‎ girl


cowgirl ‎(plural cowgirls)

  1. a woman who tends free-range cattle, especially in the American West.
  2. a woman who identifies with cowboy culture, including clothing such as the cowboy hat.
  3. (card games slang) a playing card of queen rank.
  4. A sex position where the woman is on top; cowgirl position.



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  • 2000, Michael Weisenberg, The Official Dictionary of Poker[1], MGI/Mike Caro University, ISBN 978-1880069523:


cowgirl ‎(third-person singular simple present cowgirls, present participle cowgirling, simple past and past participle cowgirled)

  1. (rare, intransitive) To work as a cowgirl, herding cattle.
    • 1998, Linda M. Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier, Nancy Curtis, Leaning Into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West
      She also cowgirled and hired out to do ranch and timber work.
    • 2007, American Cowboy (volume 13, number 5, Jan-Feb 2007, page 56)
      Only 250 miles down the road a reclusive beauty named Joann Brebner was living the bucolic life, cowgirling, helping out at her family's remote ranch-based resort.