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Meaning of KOTOW

Pronunciation:  'kow'taw

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
  2. [v]  tray to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"

KOTOW is a 5 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: bootlick, fawn, kowtow, kowtow, suck up, toady, truckle
 See Also: blandish, bow, bowing, court favor, court favour, curry favor, curry favour, flatter, obeisance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ko*tow"\, n. [Chinese, knock head.]
    The prostration made by mandarins and others to their
    superiors, either as homage or worship, by knocking the
    forehead on the ground. There are degrees in the rite, the
    highest being expressed by three knockings. [China]
  2. \Ko*tow"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Kotowed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To perform the kotow.