cow

noun
\ˈkau̇ \

Definition of cow 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the mature female of cattle (genus Bos)

b : the mature female of various usually large animals (such as an elephant, whale, or moose)

2 : a domestic bovine animal regardless of sex or age

cow

verb
cowed; cowing; cows

Definition of cow (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: 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

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Noun

cow 1a: 1 hoof, 2 pastern, 3 dewclaw, 4 switch, 5 hock, 6 rear udder, 7 flank, 8 thigh, 9 tail, 10 pinbone, 11 tail head, 12 thurl, 13 hip, 14 barrel, 15 ribs, 16 crops, 17 withers, 18 heart girth, 19 neck, 20 horn, 21 poll, 22 forehead, 23 bridge of nose, 24 muzzle, 25 jaw, 26 throat, 27 point of shoulder, 28 dewlap, 29 point of elbow, 30 brisket, 31 chest floor, 32 knee, 33 milk well, 34 milk vein, 35 fore udder, 36 teats, 37 rump, 38 loin

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from cow

Noun

cowy \ˈkau̇-​ē \ adjective

Verb

cowedly \ˈkau̇(-​ə)d-​lē \ adverb

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Verb

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

Examples of cow in a Sentence

Noun

The cows need to be milked twice a day.

Verb

I refuse to be cowed by their threats. a sharp glare cowed the child into being quiet
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Butter sometimes gets a bad rap because it's made from cow's milk and is heavy in saturated fat. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Butter versus margarine," 20 June 2018 Potential health benefits of cockroach milk surfaced in 2016, when researchers said the milk of a pregnant cockroach packs more protein than cow's milk (and any milk besides buffalo milk). Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Cockroach milk researcher: It's healthy, but I wouldn't drink it," 31 May 2018 Clotted cream, sometimes called Devonshire cream, is full cow's milk that's heated and cooled so the cream rises to the top and clots. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Recipe: Royal wedding scones ready in less than an hour," 18 May 2018 Contrary to popular mythology, Rolls-Royce does not raise its own cows. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "What makes Rolls-Royce Phantom worth $643,000?," 28 Mar. 2018 The warm early morning colors pair nicely with the silhouetted cows and their long shadows. Colin Diltz, The Seattle Times, "Reader’s Lens | Cows grazing in a sunlit field," 7 Nov. 2018 There are long, straight roads everywhere else, with views of oyster beds, grazing cows, and the sea. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Great Drives: Speeding Through the French Countryside in the Audi A8," 25 Sep. 2018 As of right now, there are two main types on the market: marine collagen, generally from fish, and animal collagen, which can come from cows and pigs, for example. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Truth About Drinking Collagen Supplements for Better Skin," 14 Sep. 2018 Chickens and cows and horses, oh my! 15. ...but the goats are Joanna's favorites. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "25 Things You Didn't Know About Chip and Joanna Gaines," 22 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As Camille realizes her younger sister takes after their mother's murderous ways, Amma enters the room, cowed at her sister's realization. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gillian Flynn Breaks Down the Differences Between the Sharp Objects Finale & Her Book," 27 Aug. 2018 Yet time and again, the N.F.L. has been cowed by a president willing to use his bully pulpit to win political points and exact a measure of revenge on a league that rejected his efforts to buy a team. Ken Belson, New York Times, "The N.F.L. Still Has a Trump Problem," 5 June 2018 Messi has, throughout his time in Russia, seemed inhibited, cowed and stressed. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Amid Argentina’s Drama, Lionel Messi’s Brilliance Emerges," 26 June 2018 Reich said it, Pederson said it, a couple of players said it: This was a great football game, with two excellent teams (well, excellent offenses anyway) playing at their peak, without being cowed by the stage. Peter King, SI.com, "The Philly Special: Inside the ‘Set of Stones’ Play Call That Helped the Eagles Win the Super Bowl," 5 Feb. 2018 Far from being cowed by the brutal murder of Jan Kuciak, a journalist at Aktuality, Slovakia’s doughty investigative reporters step up their game. The Economist, "A struggle between authoritarians and liberals in the heart of Europe," 26 May 2018 Elsewhere, his opponents cried foul with accusations of an unjust race, saying Erdogan’s party had the unfair backing of the state and the opposition was cowed by emergency laws. Billy Perrigo, Time, "What Erdogan’s Election Victory Means For Turkey’s Future," 25 June 2018 Together, the Swiss and the Spaniard have ruled for the better part of the past 15 years, cowing all challengers while making their genial domination something well worth cheering for—those plucky underdogs be damned. Andrew Lawrence, The Atlantic, "What’s Going on With Novak Djokovic?," 30 June 2018 That same sort of conciliatory approach toward Mr. Putin would backfire in light of the indictments, making Mr. Trump look cowed, some analysts said. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Russian Agents’ Indictment Raises Stakes Ahead of Trump-Putin Summit," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of cow

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1581, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cow

Noun

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

Verb

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish kue to subdue

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cow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cow

: to make (someone) too afraid to do something

cow

noun
\ˈkau̇ \

Kids Definition of cow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the adult female of cattle or of any of various other large animals (as moose or seals)

cow

verb
cowed; cowing

Kids Definition of cow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make afraid They were cowed by threats.

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