: 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>
Examples of COW
I refuse to be cowed by their threats.
<a sharp glare cowed the child into being quiet>
Origin of COW
probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan kue to subdue
In animal husbandry, the mature female of domesticated cattle. The name is also applied to the mature female of various, usually large, animals (e.g., elephant, whale, or moose), or, more broadly, to any domestic bovine animal (seebovid) regardless of gender or age.