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
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 \ 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

Two more domes, which will open to tour groups in 2019, stand in the gardens, past the cows and chickens that contribute to the pontifical sup. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "An Astronomer’s View of the Christmas Sky," 21 Dec. 2018 Then came an even more audacious idea—cow's milk, which was thought to be superior to actual blood. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Different Blood Types Mean (And How To Find Out Yours)," 28 Dec. 2018 Other Mexican specialties currently waiting on 3 Hermanas' back-burner include birria (goat stew from the state of Jalisco) and barbacoa made from cow's head or tongue. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "She helped run two Mexican restaurants. Now this Tres Hermanas sister has her own," 26 June 2018 Researchers were able to test the laser using a cow's eye, as well as on physical paper currency as a security feature. Brett Molina, ajc, "Study: Humans could soon shoot lasers from their eyes," 4 May 2018 They're made of camembert — a soft cow's milk cheese that tastes like brie except a bit stronger, according to Delish — deep-fried in breadcrumbs. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "McDonald's Is Selling Fried Cheese Donuts," 2 May 2018 The other sixth-graders chose projects about brain function or the difference between goat's milk and cow's milk for the class' High Interest Scientific Study assignment. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Schofield middle-school student chose brewing for science project because it's Wisconsin," 2 Apr. 2018 Those who remove dairy products from their diets must also be careful to replace calcium sources such as cow's milk with fortified products, even though they are processed. Kashmira Gander, Newsweek, "What Is Pegan? Vegan, Paleo Combination Diet Could Increase Risk Of Eating Disorders, Dietitian Warns," 15 Mar. 2018 Sheep's milk fetas (the classic option) tend to be sharpest, while goat's and cow's milk versions are milder. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "All the Types of Feta Cheese You Should Be Eating," 19 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Generous pay packets and undemanding bonus targets can be a warning that a company’s board has been cowed by overbearing executives: Think of advertising firm WPP’s problems with longtime former CEO Martin Sorrell. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "The Nissan Lesson: Pay Close Attention to Pay," 27 Nov. 2018 Upstairs, in a quiet corner, Rupert Murdoch gave Ed Koch a ribbing, the irascible mayor — into his third term — cowed by a tabloid king still on his way up. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 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

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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 \

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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