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Meaning of KOWTOW

Pronunciation:  'kaw'taw

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  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"
  3. [v]  bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
 

KOWTOW is a 6 letter word that starts with K.

 

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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Kow*tow"\, n. & v. i.
The same as {Kotow}.

      I have salaamed and kowtowed to him.     --H. James.

 
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 Related Terms: apple-polish, bend, bend the knee, bend the neck, bend to, bending the knee, bob, bob a curtsy, bob down, bootlick, bow, bow and scrape, bow down, bow the head, bow to, bowing and scraping, brown-nose, butter up, cower, crawl, creep, cringe, cringe to, crouch, crouch before, curtsy, dance attendance on, dipping the colors, do homage, do obeisance, duck, fall down before, fawn, flatter, genuflect, genuflection, grovel, homage, inclination, kneel, kneel to, kneeling, knuckle to, lick the dust, lickspittle, make a leg, make a reverence, make obeisance, making a leg, nod, obeisance, obsequiousness, pander to, pay court to, play up to, presenting arms, prostration, reverence, salaam, salutation, salute, scrape, servility, shine up to, squat, standing at attention, stoop, submission, submissiveness, suck up to, supination, toadeat, toady, truckle, truckle to
 

 

 

 

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