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cow

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noun \ˈkau̇\

Definition of cow

  1. 1 a :  the mature female of cattle (genus Bos) b :  the mature female of various usually large animals (as an elephant, whale, or moose)

  2. 2 :  a domestic bovine animal regardless of sex or age

cowy play \-ē\ adjective


Examples of cow

  1. The cows need to be milked twice a day.



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Origin of cow

Middle English cou, from Old English cū; akin to Old High German kuo cow, Latin bos head of cattle, Greek bous, Sanskrit go


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms

Rhymes with cow


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cow

verb

Simple Definition of cow

  • : to make (someone) too afraid to do something

Full Definition of cow

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to destroy the resolve or courage of; also :  to bring to a state or an action by intimidation —used with into <like too many Asian armies, adept at cowing a population into feeding them — Edward Lansdale>

cowed·ly play \ˈkau̇(-ə)d-lē\ adverb

Examples of cow

  1. I refuse to be cowed by their threats.

  2. <a sharp glare cowed the child into being quiet>



Origin of cow

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan kue to subdue


First Known Use: 1581

Synonym Discussion of cow

intimidate, cow, bulldoze, bully, browbeat mean to frighten into submission. intimidate implies inducing fear or a sense of inferiority into another <intimidated by so many other bright freshmen>. cow implies reduction to a state where the spirit is broken or all courage is lost <not at all cowed by the odds against making it in show business>. bulldoze implies an intimidating or an overcoming of resistance usually by urgings, demands, or threats <bulldozed the city council into approving the plan>. bully implies intimidation through threats, insults, or aggressive behavior <bullied into giving up their lunch money>. browbeat implies a cowing through arrogant, scornful, or contemptuous treatment <browbeat the witness into a contradiction>.



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