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 for cowboy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cowboy \Cow"boy`\ (-boi`), n.
     1. A cattle herder; a drover; specifically, one of an
        adventurous class of herders and drovers on the plains of
        the Western and Southwestern United States.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. One of the marauders who, in the Revolutionary War
        infested the neutral ground between the American and
        British lines, and committed depredations on the
        Americans.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  cowpoke \cowpoke\ n.
     a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on
     horseback; -- an informal name for cowboy.
  
     Syn: cowboy, cowpuncher, puncher, cowman, cattleman, cowhand,
          cowherd.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cowboy
      n 1: a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on
           horseback [syn: cowboy, cowpuncher, puncher,
           cowman, cattleman, cowpoke, cowhand, cowherd]
      2: a performer who gives exhibitions of riding and roping and
         bulldogging [syn: cowboy, rodeo rider]
      3: someone who is reckless or irresponsible (especially in
         driving vehicles)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  50 Moby Thesaurus words for "cowboy":
     broncobuster, buckaroo, caballero, cattleman, cavalier, cavalryman,
     chevalier, circus rider, cowgirl, cowhand, cowherd, cowman,
     cowpuncher, drover, equestrian, equestrienne, gaucho, goatherd,
     gooseboy, gooseherd, herder, herdsman, hogherd, horse soldier,
     horse wrangler, horseback rider, horsebacker, horseherd, horseman,
     horsewoman, jockey, knight, mounted policeman, pigman, postboy,
     postilion, puncher, rider, roughrider, sheepherder, sheepman,
     shepherd, shepherdess, steeplechaser, swanherd, swineherd,
     trick rider, vaquero, waddy, wrangler
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  cowboy
   n.
  
      [Sun, from William Gibson's cyberpunk SF] Synonym for hacker. It is
      reported that at Sun this word is often said with reverence.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  cowboy
  
     [Sun, from William Gibson's cyberpunk SF]  Synonym
     for hacker.  It is reported that at Sun this word is often
     said with reverence.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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