Complete Definition of "kowtow"

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was wotd|2006|November|23
English

Alternative spellings
Image:Kowtow.jpg|thumb|right|A person kowtows.
kotow

Etymology
From Cantonese Chin. å©é ­ / å©å¤´ (kau3 tau4), kau3 âknockâ + tau4 âheadâ.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ËkaÊËtaÊ/
audio|en-us-kowtow.ogg|Audio (US)
rhymes|aÊ

Verb
en-verb

  1. intransitive To kneel and bow low enough to touch oneâs forehead to the ground.
  2. intransitive To bow very deeply.
  3. context|intransitive|figurative To act in a very submissive manner.

Translations
trans-top|kneel such that forehead touches ground
Dutch: t|nl|knielen, t+|nl|zich t+|nl|buigen
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trans-top|bow deeply
Dutch: t+|nl|zich (t+|nl|diep) t+|nl|buigen
trans-mid
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trans-top|act submissive
Dutch: t+|nl|zich t+|nl|aanpassen, t|nl|onderdanig t+|nl|zijn
trans-mid
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Noun
en-noun

  1. The act of kowtowing.

Translations
trans-top|kowtowing
Dutch: t|nl|buiging|f
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