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

In the meaning defined above

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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 The first-time Best Actor winner, who took home the award for his leading role in Joker, remembered his brother, River, but not before sharing a few thoughts on… cows? Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Here’s Where Rooney Mara & Joaquin Phoenix Got Their Post-Oscars Vegan Burgers," 10 Feb. 2020 Corvo is tiny, just a volcano and hardy cows grazing the windswept pastures on its flanks. Trish Lorenz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Portugal's Azores Islands Are Still a Wild Paradise," 7 Feb. 2020 Horses and cows were the most prominent theme, though there were a few pieces of art of pigs. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Huffman ISD displays students’ rodeo art," 18 Jan. 2020 The sheer number of humans, pigs, and cows is just unbelievable. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "What fossils will modern-day civilization leave behind?," 6 Jan. 2020 Feeding Christmas trees to goats is actually not uncommon, as the needles of the tree make a tasty and healthy meal for farm animals like goats and cows. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Fed Their Massive Christmas Tree to the Family's Goats — Here's Why," 2 Jan. 2020 The water runs through the underground passages and into open aqueducts, nourishing crops such as dates and lemons, as wells as grasses that villagers use to feed goats and cows. Ian James, azcentral, "In the Middle East, countries spend heavily to transform seawater into drinking water," 29 Nov. 2019 Lost Acres Orchard will supply freshly baked goods while Sweet Pea Cheese will bring their award winning chevre among other goat and cow dairy products. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 18 Nov. 2019 Vesicular stomatitis, a virus that spreads to livestock through insect bites, has been found in 14 Colorado counties, forcing veterinary officials to quarantine horses and cows. Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, "Viral disease spreads to livestock in 14 Colorado counties," 2 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Murray claims that the opposition to this orthodoxy is widespread, if covert and cowed by political correctness. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Charles Murray Returns, Nodding to Caution but Still Courting Controversy," 12 Feb. 2020 Without being cowed or terrified by the opinions of others. Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books, "What Do We Want History to Do to Us?," 11 Feb. 2020 Iran’s leaders may currently be sufficiently cowed by Mr Trump’s promise to respond with air strikes if Americans are killed not to go down such paths. The Economist, "After the assassination How Iran can respond to the killing of Qassem Suleimani," 9 Jan. 2020 The Seahawks, after winning all five games in the Eastern time zone this season, are not cowed by another cross-country trip. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Top Seed to the Niners … by Inches," 30 Dec. 2019 But the scent of money has drawn gangs and hyper-violent cartels that have hung bodies from bridges and cowed police forces, and the rising violence is threatening the newfound prosperity. Mark Stevenson, chicagotribune.com, "Avocados – ‘green gold’ for Mexico farmers – bring both riches and violence to country," 23 Oct. 2019 Flores said her customers and supporters also haven’t been cowed by the note, and the coat rack has remained as full as ever. Kellie B. Gormly, Washington Post, "‘It’s not going to scare me’: Taco Stop gets racist mail in response to coat drive," 15 Jan. 2020 Even without an explicit First Amendment, Britain's media is hardly cowed: Most publications in the U.K. continue to report robustly and within British law, including investigations about official confidential matters, Stephens says. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan's legal battle against tabloids: They will likely win - and lose," 25 Oct. 2019 All 53 Republican senators responded with a letter urging the court not to be cowed by the Democrats’ threats. BostonGlobe.com, "The justices’ persistence in hearing arguments Monday despite the city’s action has made gun control advocates fearful that the court’s conservative majority could use the case to call into question gun restrictions across the country.," 1 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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20 Feb 2020

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“Cow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cowed. Accessed 24 Feb. 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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