cow

noun
\ ˈkau̇ How to pronounce cow (audio) \

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
3 chiefly British, informal : a woman who is stupid or annoying Liesel was on such a high that she felt indestructible. "I said," she beamed, "stupid cow," and she didn't have to wait a single moment for the teacher's hand to slap her.— Markus Zusak

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

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Other Words from cow

Noun

cowy \ ˈkau̇-​ē How to pronounce cowy (audio) \ adjective

Verb

cowedly \ ˈkau̇(-​ə)d-​lē How to pronounce cowedly (audio) \ 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

Eight foods account for 90 percent of food allergies: cow's milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "How to Prevent Food Allergies," 24 July 2019 The burger is served on a brioche bun from Oakland’s Firebrand breads, and comes with roughly 2 ounces of Époisses (a soft cheese made from cow’s milk from the Burgundy region of France), a slice of heirloom tomato and onions. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "New Silicon Valley restaurant opens with $50 burger," 24 July 2019 Biotech company Perfect Day debuted a lab-grown dairy ice cream that uses genetic engineering to recreate the proteins usually found in cow's milk. Maddie Burakoff And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "National Ice Cream Day means free cones. Here's what to know about everyone's favorite frozen treat," 21 July 2019 Spiderlings drink this milk, which contains nearly four times the protein of cow’s milk, from the surface of the nest and directly from their mother’s body. National Geographic, "Bats regurgitate nectar for their babies—a new discovery," 12 July 2019 Scott makes them with cow’s milk—or oat milk, almond milk, soy milk or water. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "U.S. Women’s Soccer Wraps Camp, Faces France," 18 Jan. 2019 Jumping spider milk has a protein content of 123.9 mg/ml, four times that of cow’s milk. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Soy milk, almond milk, oat milk. Spider milk?," 30 Nov. 2018 For example, Vitamin B12, which is required for brain function and is found in cow’s milk, is not found in plants. Umair Irfan, Vox, "“Fake milk”: why the dairy industry is boiling over plant-based milks," 31 Aug. 2018 Police and town officials are investigating a Bloomfield halal butcher shop after an employee killed a runaway cow in the nearby parking lot of Home Depot. Abigail Brone, courant.com, "Runaway cow slaughter in Home Depot parking lot in Bloomfield sparks investigations," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From seashell earrings to cow print bikinis these trendy items are must-haves. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Here's What You Need To Pack For Your Next Vacation," 2 Aug. 2019 There was little sign, in other words, that Trump had been cowed by the week's experience. Anchorage Daily News, "‘He always doubles down’: Inside the political crisis caused by Trump’s racist tweets," 21 July 2019 In a different era, the smack of the speaker’s ruler would have cowed the upstarts. Mona Charen, National Review, "False Racism Accusations Don’t Excuse the Real Thing," 19 July 2019 The Democratic Party, cowed, enacted welfare reform under Bill Clinton, in the nineteen-nineties, a project that substantially shrank the nation’s welfare rolls without substantially reducing poverty. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Democrats’ Cautious Return to the War on Poverty," 30 June 2019 In Hungary the prime minister, Viktor Orban, has amended the constitution to cow the country’s judges. The Economist, "Why the European Union should not ditch bilateral investment treaties," 6 June 2019 The problem is especially pronounced among adolescents like Burton, who are both impressionable and cowed by authority. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "This psychologist explains why people confess to crimes they didn’t commit," 13 June 2019 Girls have been raised to be cowed, timid, and self-doubting, never feeling confident enough to raise their hands in school, while the boys have been taught to regard their every opinion, however unfounded, as wise, worthy, and wonderful. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Fifty-Fifty Follies," 10 June 2019 Still stunned by the referendum result, and cowed by the way it was talked up in the media as an overwhelming mandate, our political class remains paralyzed by its own commitment to delivering the undeliverable. Jonathan Coe, Time, "How Brexit Broke Britain and Revealed a Country at War With Itself," 6 June 2019

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large animal that is raised by people for milk or meat usually on a farm especially : the adult female of this animal
: an adult female of some other large animals (such as elephants, whales, and seals)
chiefly British slang, offensive : a woman who is stupid or annoying

cow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) too afraid to do something

cow

noun
\ ˈkau̇ How to pronounce cow (audio) \

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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