adjective (1)
\ ˈbau̇d How to pronounce bowed (audio) \

Definition of bowed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : bent downward and forward listened with bowed heads
2 : having the back and head inclined


adjective (2)
\ ˈbōd How to pronounce bowed (audio) \

Definition of bowed (Entry 2 of 2)

: furnished with or shaped like a bow

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Synonyms: Adjective (1)

Antonyms: Adjective (1)

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First Known Use of bowed

Adjective (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bowed

Adjective (1)

past participle of bow entry 1

Adjective (2)

partly from bow entry 3 + -ed; partly from past participle of bow entry 4

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The first known use of bowed was in the 14th century

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“Bowed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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