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 For little Paulette, Graciela’s 18-month-old granddaughter, that means pointing and plastic toy cows and saying milk. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Daycare center for asylum-seeking families in Tijuana lets kids be kids again," 15 Sep. 2019 Commercial probiotics are already available for many kinds of animals, from cows and goats to dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles. BostonGlobe.com, "Scientists look for ways to counter the dietary dilemma of koalas - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 An increasing number of cows and sheep have led to an increase in methane. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "The Trump Administration Just Loosened Methane Emissions Rules. Here's What To Know," 31 Aug. 2019 And research has shown that adding seaweed to livestock feed can reduce potent methane emissions from the burps of cows and other grazing livestock—a significant source of global greenhouse gases—by as much as 70 percent. Todd Woody, National Geographic, "Seaweed 'forests' can help fight climate change," 29 Aug. 2019 Our survey also revealed that hunting and foraging was generally replaced by pastoralism (raising animals such as cows and sheep for food and other resources) and agriculture in most places, though there were exceptions. Ben Marwick, The Conversation, "Surveying archaeologists across the globe reveals deeper and more widespread roots of the human age, the Anthropocene," 29 Aug. 2019 He's auctioned off pigs, cows and dairy steer since age 9. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A 12-year-old boy raised $15,000 at a county fair's pig auction. Then he gave it to St. Jude.," 19 Aug. 2019 This isn’t the first time that the Ohio State Fair has gone beyond cows and calves with its butter art. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Apollo 11 Mission Memorialized with 2,200 Pounds of Butter," 30 July 2019 For over a century, the Ohio State Fair has featured its signature sculpture of a cow and calf. Fox News, "At Ohio State Fair, butter brings Apollo 11's moonmen to life," 24 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But just like Naomi Osaka, the 2018 champion, Andreescu wasn’t cowed by the moment, the crowd or, crucially, her opponent. Stanley Kay, SI.com, "After Beating Serena Williams to Win the U.S. Open, Bianca Andreescu’s Time Is Now," 7 Sep. 2019 She was also trained by someone who is not cowed by power. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Frank Miller previews his next epic Batman comic, The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child," 13 Sep. 2019 But so far, there's no evidence the Saudis are cowed by Congress' actions. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Senate fails to override Trump's veto of Saudi arms deal in new setback for kingdom's critics," 29 July 2019 But our backs are against the wall and if we are cowed by fear now, there won’t be another chance to speak out. The Economist, "“We long to see a Hong Kong free from tyranny”," 31 Aug. 2019 There are many naturally arising normal distributions, like the birth weight of babies and the amount of milk that cows produce. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, "Averages Aren’t Always What They Seem," 19 June 2019 Jesse Schramm, a dairy farmer from Garnavillo, was thrilled as the Castros stopped by to admire her cows a few hours ahead of a beauty competition for 1-year-olds. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Julián Castro works the Iowa State Fair, issues 'plan to disarm hate' after El Paso rampage," 9 Aug. 2019 In southwestern Nigeria, cooks often make the dish with amaranth greens, smoked fish, beef and sometimes cow tripe; Oyetibo adapts hers using spinach and often couples it with unsmoked white fish. Los Angeles Times, "Nigerian jollof rice and other joys at Mid-City’s Aduke African Cuisine," 25 July 2019 Most journalists are too cowed to criticize the prime minister. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Bangladesh’s Bad Election Choice," 28 Dec. 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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The first known use of cow was before the 12th century

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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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