kowtowing

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

kowtowing

  1. Present participle of kowtow.

Noun[edit]

kowtowing (plural kowtowings)

  1. The act of one who kowtows; a submissive bow.
    • 1910, Robert Ames Bennet, The Shogun's Daughter
      Yoritomo met their smiles and kowtowings and noisy insuckings of breath with an austere dignity that I took pains to imitate.