kowtow

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Sinitic 叩頭 (Cantonese kau3 tau4, Mandarin kòutóu), literally "knock head".

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kowtow (third-person singular simple present kowtows, present participle kowtowing, simple past and past participle kowtowed)

  1. (intransitive) To kneel and bow low enough to touch one’s forehead to the ground.
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  2. (intransitive) To bow very deeply.
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  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To act in a very submissive manner.
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kowtow (plural kowtows)

  1. The act of kowtowing.
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Noun[edit]

kowtow m (plural kowtows)

  1. kowtow (bow low enough to touch one’s forehead to the ground)