Coosie - The camp cook.
Coot - An idiot, simpleton, a ninny.
Copper - A copper coin such as the American penny or
Copper a Bet - Betting to lose, or being prepared against loss. "I'm just coppering my bets."
Copperhead - Northern person with Southern, anti-Union sympathies.
Corduroy Road - A road or causeway constructed with
logs laid together over swamps or marshy places.
Corks - The steel points fixed under the shoes of
horses, in the winter, to prevent them from falling on the ice.
Corn-Cracker - The nickname for a native of
Corn-Dodger - A kind of cake made of Indian corn,
and baked very hard.
Corned - Drunk.
Corn-Juice - Whisky.
Corral Dust - Lies and tall tales.
Cottonwood Blossom - A man lynched from the limb of a tree.
Cotton To - To take a liking to.
Countrified - Rustic, rude.
Couldn't hold a candle to - Not even close. "She couldn't hold a candle to that beauty across the room."
Coverlid - A bed-quilt, counterpane.
Cowboy Cocktail - Straight whiskey.
Cowboy Up - Tuff-up, get back on yer horse, don't back down, don't give up, and do the best you can with the hand you're dealt, give it all you've got.
Cow Chip - Dried cow manure.
Cow Grease - Butter, also called "cow salve."
Cowhand - A cowboy, also called cowpoke, cowprod, and cowpuncher.
Cowhide - A particular kind of whip made of raw
hide; it is also called a raw-hide. Term also refers to flogging with a cowhide
- "to cowhide.”
Cow Juice - Milk
Cow-Lease - A right of pasturage for a cow,
in a common pasture.
Cowpunching - Driving the cattle to market.
Cow Sense - Intelligence.
Cow Wood - Cowchips.
Crack - Most famous, best.
Cracked - Crazy.
Cracker - A small hard biscuit.
Cracker - A poor white person of the South, named after the crackling whips used by rural Southerners.
There are several definitions of this word dating back before the 17th Century,
however this was the definition in the Old West, and could have been derived
from "Cracker Cowboys" of Florida, which used whips and dogs to capture cattle
instead of lasso's.
Crackerbox - A rodeo rider's term for a bronc saddle.
Cracklings - Cinders, the remains of a wood fire
Crack Up - To brag or boast.
Cradle-Scythe - Called also simply cradle. A common
scythe with a light frame-work, used for cutting grain instead of the sickle.
Crambo - A diversion in which one gives a word, to
which another finds a rhyme. If the same word is repeated, a forfeit is
demanded. It also refers to drinking.
Crash - A coarse kind of linen cloth used for
Crawl His Hump - To start a fight.
Crazy as a Loon - Very crazy.
Creepmouse - A term of endearment to babies.
Crimany - Exclamation of surprise.
- Creature, varmint. Sometimes used to describe a contemptible person.
Croaker - Pessimist, doomsayer. "Don't be such an old croaker."
Crock - The black of a pot; smut, the dust of soot
Crocky - Smutty.
Crooked As A Virginia Fence - A phrase applied to
anything very crooked; and figuratively to persons of a stubborn temperament.
Cross-Grained - Perverse, troublesome.
Cross-Patch - An ill-tempered person.
Crotchety - Whimsical; fanciful.
Crotchical - Cross, perverse, peevish.
Crowbait - Derogatory term for a poor-quality horse.
Crowbar Hotel - Jail.
Cruller - A cake made of a strip of sweetened dough,
boiled in lard, the two ends of which are twisted or curled together.
Crumb Castle - A chuckwagon.
Crumb Incubator - A cowboy's bed.
Crummy - The caboose of a railroad train.
Crusty - Sturdy, morose, snappish.
Cubby-Hole or Cubby-House - A snug place for a
child. Later, also used to denote any small space.
Curly Wolf - Real tough guy, dangerous man. "Ol' Bill is a regular curly wolf, especially when he's drinkin' whiskey."
Curmudgeon - An avaricious, churlish fellow, a
Curry Favor - To seek or gain favor by flattery,
Curry the Kinks Out - To break a horse.
Cush - Sweet fried cornmeal cake. Also called "cushie."
- The swear words back then are pretty much the same as they are now, though they were not used as prevalently back then. Profanity was frowned upon by polite society and old west cowboys rarely would swear in front of a lady.
Cut A Caper - The act of dancing in a frolicksome
Cut a Dash or Cut a Swathe - Make a great show; to
make a figure.
Cut A Figure - To make an appearance, either good or
Cut And Come Again - Implying that having cut as
much as you pleased, you may come again; in other words, plenty; no lack; always
Cut And Dried - Ready made.
Cut And Run - To be off, to be gone.
Cut Didoes - To get into mischief,
Cut Dirt - To run; to go fast.