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kowtow

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noun kow·tow \(ˌ)kau̇-ˈtau̇, ˈkau̇-ˌ\

Definition of kowtow

  1. :  an act of kowtowing



Origin of kowtow

Chinese (Beijing) kòutóu, from kòu to knock + tóu head


First Known Use: 1804


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kowtow

verb kow·tow

Simple Definition of kowtow

  • : to agree too easily or eagerly to do what someone else wants you to do : to obey someone with power in a way that seems weak

Full Definition of kowtow

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to show obsequious deference :  fawn <kowtows to the boss>

  3. 2 :  to kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in token of homage, worship, or deep respect

Examples of kowtow

  1. <you can try kowtowing to the boss, but he'll see right through you>



1826

First Known Use of kowtow

1826


KOWTOW Defined for Kids

kowtow

verb kow·tow \kau̇-ˈtau̇, ˈkau̇-ˌtau̇\

Definition of kowtow

kow·towedkow·tow·ing

  1. :  to obey a person in a position of power in a way that seems weak :  show overly respectful attention <"… don't expect me to kowtow to you, mortal, just because old Barnacle-Beard is your father." — Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief>




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