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 Created by Congress in 1970, OSHA invited scorn in its early years by trying to mandate the shape of workplace toilet seats, warning farmers that cow manure could be slippery and writing 35... James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Eula Bingham, Who Repaired U.S. Safety Agency’s Reputation, Dies," 3 July 2020 The chicken chain has called the annual tradition, where consumers get free food for dressing up like a cow, its largest single-day customer appreciation event and nearly 2 million people participating in past years. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Chick-fil-A postpones annual Cow Appreciation Day, free food giveaway due to COVID-19," 9 July 2020 Charged by a wild cow, a close encounter with a great white shark, stopped on suspicion of armed bank robbery: A lot can happen across four decades of writing about hiking, biking, camping and everything else outdoors — just ask Tom Stienstra. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Raising the minimum wage amid the pandemic," 1 July 2020 Rushan is flat with a leathery, crispy texture, and is made with cow’s milk mixed with acid. Popular Science, "Eight international cheeses you need to try once," 4 June 2020 Three women were at Sheep's Green and Coe Fen Nature Reserve in Cambridge when a group of cows, including a dark brown cow with black and white markings, walked up to them and began to nose around their bags. Fox News, "Amusing photos show cows walking around nature reserve, including one trying to eat people's lunches," 3 July 2020 More:Devin Nunes sued a Twitter account dedicated to a cow. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Judge rules Rep. Devin Nunes can't sue Twitter over statements from parody cow and mom accounts," 25 June 2020 But the news that Nunes was suing a fake cow made the account go viral. Colby Itkowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Nunes cannot sue Twitter over fake cow parody account, judge rules," 25 June 2020 One, @DevinCow, posing as Devin Nunes' cow, and the other, @DevinNunesMom, posing as Nunes' mother. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Twitter not liable in Devin Nunes’ beef with cow account, judge rules," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Twitter isn’t cowed by Trump President Trump signed an executive order yesterday seeking to strip social networks of legal protections for user content. New York Times, "It’s Trump vs. Twitter," 29 May 2020 If the executive order was Trump’s best shot, Twitter should feel relieved, not cowed. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Is Purely for Show," 28 May 2020 After recovering, Lewis said he was initially cowed into submission but has since been to many protests. cincinnati.com, "'It's a very bittersweet time': Kent State shooting victim reflects on 50 years," 2 May 2020 Their aggressive tactics on social media have cowed the staid medical establishment into relative silence. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "A Call to Arms: Under Attack, Pro-Vaccine Doctors Fight Back," 10 Mar. 2020 But this reflects conquest, not contrition: critics have been cowed into silence. The Economist, "Saudi Arabia should listen to critics of its reform programme," 7 Nov. 2019 The second problem is the amount of methane that cows create. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "If everyone became vegetarian, would the planet actually be better off?," 8 Sep. 2017 The implication is that victims are still cowed, and bishops are still covering up cases. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, "Vatican office struggles to keep up with rise in clergy abuse cases," 21 Dec. 2019 The implication is that victims are still cowed, and bishops and religious superiors are still covering up. Washington Post, "Vatican tribunal now overwhelmed by clergy abuse cases," 20 Dec. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cow. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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cow

noun
How to pronounce cow (audio)

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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