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

Other Words from cow

Noun

cowy \ ˈkau̇-​ē How to pronounce cow (audio) \ adjective

Verb

cowedly \ ˈkau̇(-​ə)d-​lē How to pronounce cow (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 So oat milk has three grams of protein compared to cow’s milk, that typically has seven or eight grams of protein. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 8 Nov. 2021 The restaurant specializes in Brazilian-style Angus burgers topped with old standards (bacon, sunny-side up eggs) but also catupiry (Brazilian soft cheese) and prato (a gouda-style cow’s milk cheese). Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Other more creative solutions addressed to diminish cow’s burp have shown up. Daniela De Lorenzo, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 This morning, officers responded to a cow running on I-285 in Dunwoody. Rachel Trent, CNN, 4 Apr. 2021 Some students are reluctant at first to plunge their arms into the watering trough to reach for a prize or feed hay to a cow from their hands. Tony Bravo, SFChronicle.com, 30 Oct. 2020 Some reducetarians might order an oat milk latte instead of a cow's milk latte, or opt for a slice of dairy-free cheese on their vegetable panini at lunch. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Dec. 2021 Eventually the man on a Sea-Doo tied a leash to a cow's halter and swam it across. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2021 Presented beautifully, the plump root veggies had a Nordic flare, served with airy rye crackers over a creamy spread of fresh cow's milk Boursin cheese. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 24 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s a very different project from trying to cow university professors who criticize a President. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 12 July 2021 In the first episode, the teachers, led by Kate (Tavi Gevinson), resurrect the Gossip Girl handle as a means to cow their students, an extremely online form of social control. New York Times, 7 July 2021 The reputation of cowboys as gunfighters probably is traceable to cow towns like Dodge City or Abilene, Kansas. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 26 June 2021 But its demands can also cow and daunt and unnerve them. New York Times, 23 May 2021 Oat milk’s longer shelf life compared to cow milk also led to a run on the product early in the pandemic, with sales up 323% in the last week of February 2020 compared to the year before, while sales of hand sanitizer rose 313%. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 10 Apr. 2021 Too often the loss of housing can be used as a legal weapon by abusers to cow partners into submission. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 Recent studies have also shown that adding red seaweed to cow feed could cut bovine flatulence and cut cows' methane production by up to 98 per cent. Daphne Ewing-chow, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Beijing has used its economic heft to try to cow U.S. allies, including cutting off imports of wine and coal from Australia after Canberra pressed for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Bob Davis, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2021

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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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11 Jan 2022

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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)
: 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 : intimidate

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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