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

Unlike metal, plastic, and other traditional materials for tech devices, leather comes from a dead cow. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The HP Spectre Folio is a leather-clad laptop that's luxurious," 1 Oct. 2018 While the dairy industry cheered the news, some lawmakers had a cow. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "What is milk? Answer muddled after almond milk mixes with cow milk," 6 Aug. 2018 The brewery is scheduled to release another version of the wine-beer hybrid in September, which will feature a semi-soft cow’s milk cheese collaboration with Murray’s Cheese Shop in New York City. Claudia Mcneilly, Vogue, "Wine-Beer Is the Perfect Hybrid Drink to Sip From Summer to Fall," 3 Aug. 2018 Sit down to a family style meal at the massive Das Dutchman Essenhaus restaurant in Middlebury, bid on a cow at the cattle auction or find a bargain at the massive Shipshewana Flea Market. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 There’s a kerfuffle when a cow steals a bunch of bananas and, up the street towards the old fort, the gunmaker is putting Purdey’s to shame. Victoria Mather, A-LIST, "India Files: the Princely Grandeur of Rajasthan," 20 June 2018 One of the guys on my staff, probably 18 or 19 years old, had worn a suit on the trip, and milked a cow. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Constantly evolving MilkWood helps shape Louisville's food scene," 19 June 2018 Upon response it was relayed that a cow had fallen into a swimming pool. CBS News, "Cow rescued from pool at Maryland home," 1 June 2018 There’s a banjo player, a man who dressed as a chicken, a guy who brought a cut-out of Arie (which seems like a really bad choice), and a man who rode in on a cow. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Premiere Recap: After Arie, Becca Looks for Love," 29 May 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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