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cyber- +‎ cowboy


cybercowboy (plural cybercowboys)

  1. (science fiction) A character who carries out contract work, especially of a legally dubious nature, in cyberspace.
    • 2000, Cutting Edge, Digital desires: language, identity and new technologies
      ...from the voyeur and beau, through the private dick and the hobo to the cybercowboy and the cyborg.
    • 2002, Amanda Fernbach, Fantasies of fetishism: from decadence to the post-human
      Unlike the cyborg and cybercowboy, technoman Lenny is a sad figure who cannot move on. Despite Faith's rejections he loiters about the club where she works...
    • 2003, Frederick Buell, From apocalypse to way of life: environmental crisis in the American century
      ...ruthlessly competitive with each other, these corporations hire cybercowboys like Case to do this risky work for them.
  2. (informal) An Internet user.
    • 1995, Maurice Berger, Brian Wallis, Simon Watson, Carrie Mae Weems, Constructing masculinity
      ...shares not a little with libertarian cybercowboys of the technosphere like John Barlow and Mitch Kapor...
    • 2001, Jim Sterne, World Wide Web marketing
      Within the week he upgraded his PC, got a modem, downloaded Netscape, and became a cybercowboy.