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A cow (sense 1)

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old English , from Proto-Germanic *kūz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷōus.

Cognate with West Frisian ko (including the irregular plural kij, similar to archaic English kine), Dutch koe, German Kuh, Swedish ko; and, from Indo-European, with Ancient Greek βοῦς (bous), Latin bōs, Persian گاو (gāv), Armenian կով (kov), Russian говядо and Latvian govs.

Remotely cognate to beef and bovine via Indo-European, through Latin bōs.

Noun

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Singular
cow

Plural
cows or kine (archaic)

cow (cows or kine (archaic))

  1. A female domesticated ox or other bovine, especially an adult after she has had a calf.
  2. More generally, any domestic bovine regardless of sex or age.
  3. The female of larger species of mammal, including bovines, moose, whales, seals, hippos, rhinos, manatees, and elephants.
  4. (British, derogatory, informal) A woman who is considered despicable in some way, especially one considered to be fat, lazy, ugly, argumentative, mean or spiteful.
  5. (informal) Anything that is annoyingly difficult, awkward or graceless.
    That website is a real cow to navigate.
  6. (informal) A conniption fit or hissy fit; a state of agitation (only in the phrase have a cow).
Synonyms
Antonyms
  • (adult female domesticated ox): bull (male, uncastrated), ox or steer (male, castrated), heifer (female, immature)
Derived terms
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Etymology 2

Probably from Old Norse kúga (to oppress) ( > Danish kue, Swedish kuva), cf. Icelandic kúfa (to set on top).

Verb

Infinitive
to cow

Third person singular
cows

Simple past
cowed

Past participle
cowed

Present participle
cowing

to cow (third-person singular simple present cows, present participle cowing, simple past and past participle cowed)

  1. (transitive) To intimidate.
    Con artists are not cowed by the law.
Translations

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of cow
  • CWO







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