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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a cow/cat etc swishes its tail (=quickly moves it from side to side)
▪ The cow wandered off, swishing her tail.
cash cow
cow chip
cow pie
cows/horses etc graze in a field (=they eat the grass growing there)
▪ Cattle were grazing in the field below.
mad cow disease
milch cow
▪ Farmers in western Canada see themselves as a milch cow for the Eastern establishment.
sacred cow
▪ In New York’s show business scene, money, fame and power are sacred cows.
holy cow/mackerel etc
▪ a field full of cows
▪ Arizona Game and Fish is offering a $ 500 reward for information on a cow elk poaching near Payson about April 17.
▪ As the cows waited for their turn, the milk fell in drops on the ground.
▪ Suet, I believe, is cow fat.
▪ This part of West London seemed like the country to me, with none of the disadvantages, no cows or farmers.
▪ Dissidents were cowed into silence by the army.
▪ And maybe they would be cowed not only by the discipline but by the man who wielded it.
▪ For decades it has cowed public employees, left them docile, passive, and bitter.
▪ He should have been cowed and compromised by fear and debt, but he was not.
▪ Rather than jump to morbid conclusions, I let him cow me into accepting his version of the incident.
▪ She was a big ill-tempered animal cowed by a presence more threatening and a temper more volatile than her own.
▪ The men might be cowed for the time being.
▪ Yet they do not appear to have been cowed by systems or professionals.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cow \Cow\ (kou), n. [See Cowl a hood.] A chimney cap; a cowl


Cow \Cow\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cowed (koud); p. pr. & vb. n. Cowing.] [Cf. Icel. kuga, Sw. kufva to check, subdue, Dan. kue. Cf. Cuff, v. t.] To depress with fear; to daunt the spirits or courage of; to overawe.

To vanquish a people already cowed.

THe French king was cowed.
--J. R. Green.


Cow \Cow\, n. [Prob. from same root as cow, v. t.] (Mining) A wedge, or brake, to check the motion of a machine or car; a chock.


Cow \Cow\, n.; pl. Cows (kouz); old pl. Kine (k[imac]n). [OE. cu, cou, AS. c[=u]; akin to D. koe, G. kuh, OHG. kuo, Icel. k[=y]r, Dan. & Sw. ko, L. bos ox, cow, Gr. boy^s, Skr. g[=o]. [root]223. Cf. Beef, Bovine, Bucolic, Butter, Nylghau.]

  1. The mature female of bovine animals.

  2. The female of certain large mammals, as whales, seals, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English cu "cow," from Proto-Germanic *kwon (cognates: Old Frisian ku, Middle Dutch coe, Dutch koe, Old High German kuo, German Kuh, Old Norse kyr, Danish, Swedish ko), earlier *kwom, from PIE *gwous (cognates Sanskrit gaus, Greek bous, Latin bov-, Old Irish bo, Latvian guovs, Armenian gaus "cow," Slovak hovado "ox"), perhaps ultimately imitative of lowing (compare Sumerian gu, Chinese ngu, ngo "ox"). In Germanic and Celtic, of females only; in most other languages, of either gender. Other "cow" words sometimes are from roots meaning "horn, horned," such as Lithuanian karve, Old Church Slavonic krava.


"intimidate," c.1600, probably from Old Norse kuga "oppress," which is of unknown origin, but perhaps having something to do with cow (n.) on the notion of easily herded. Related: Cowed; cowing.


acr. (context computing English) (acronym of w:Copy-on-write copy-on-write English)

  1. n. female of domestic cattle: "`moo-cow' is a child's term" [syn: moo-cow]

  2. mature female of mammals of which the male is called `bull'

  3. a large unpleasant woman


v. subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe; frighten (as with threats) [syn: overawe]

Cow (disambiguation)

Cow is the nickname for cattle, and the name of adult female cattle.

Cow, cows or COW may also refer to:

Cow (film)

Cow is a 2009 Chinese film directed by Guan Hu. A black comedy, Cow takes place during the midst of the Second Sino-Japanese War. A villager, played by Huang Bo, has been entrusted to care for a Dutch cow when a Japanese attack leaves him and the cow the only survivors.

The film premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival as part of its "Horizons" program.

Cow (demo)

Cow is a demo EP by the British rock group Inspiral Carpets. It was released in 1987.

It was reissued on 7" EP in 2014. The EP was included with the Dung 4 vinyl reissue. The tracks were also released on the CD version of Dung 4.

Cow (public service announcement)

Cow, also titled Only Stwpd Cowz Txt N Drive, is a 30-minute public service announcement film directed by Peter Watkins-Hughes with assistance from Gwent Police and Tredegar Comprehensive School. The August 2008 film was a co-production by Gwent Police and Tred Films, with special effects by Zipline Creative Limited. The film features original music by Stuart Fox, a composer and sound designer from Gloucester UK. A previous film, "Lucky Luke," was intended to warn about the dangers of joy riding; "Cow" was intended to be a sequel of sorts.

The film, using local drama students as actors, tells the story of 17-year-old Cassie "Cow" Cowan (Jenny Davies), who texts and drives and gets into a car accident; her friends Emm and Jules (Amy Ingram and Laura Quantick) are in the vehicle with her. Four people die as a result of Cassie's actions. The police intended for the film to be aired in British schools.

The police agency said that it took a "few thousand pounds" to make the film. 300 drama students auditioned for the making of the film.

The full PSA is shown to students in the United Kingdom. As of 2009 the PSA had not been aired on television stations in the United States. In 2010 a modified 30-second version of the public service announcement was to begin airing during certain hours in 13 television stations in central and upstate South Carolina.

Usage examples of "cow".

Leafy green vegetables are the most absorbable form of calcium for both cows and humans.

Lieutenant Kurt and the Chinese aeronaut and a dead cow, and much other uncongenial company, in the huge circle of the Whirlpool two and a quarter miles away.

You know of course that it is a common measure of prophylaxis to shoot a cow with the aftosa and that a reasonable cow would not object to this procedure if that cow had not been indoctrinated with the proper feelings of duty toward the bovine community at large.

The bulls swept off as Akela bayed, and Gray Brother stopped in front of the cows.

I heard you say today you bought that Cowper alveolar drill of yours for fifty cents at an auction of the instruments of your old professor.

Chapter Eight The chateau, a modern building in Italian style, with two projecting wings and three flights of steps, lay at the foot of an immense green-sward, on which some cows were grazing among groups of large trees set out at regular intervals, while large beds of arbutus, rhododendron, syringas, and guelder roses bulged out their irregular clusters of green along the curve of the gravel path.

He wanted to know about the grafting technique my gardeners had been using with success on evergreen shrubs, how much sun was advisable on tulip beds, what proportion of cow-dung was added to the compost used for the auriculas, how much milk my cows yielded.

Troops of poor villagers from every miserable quarter of the bashalic came into the town each day, beating drums, firing long guns, driving their presents before them--bullocks, cows, and sheep--and trying to make believe that they rejoiced and were glad.

The farmer understands that if he wishes to materially improve his cows, the first offspring must be begotten by a better, purer breed, and all that follow will be essentially benefited, even if not so well sired.

When they got to Bethlem there was no room at the inn so they had to stay in a barn round the back and then Mary had a little baby and she called it Jesus and she put him in a manger and all the animals were around him and the big star shone up in the sky and then the shepherds all came and then the three kings came and they all gave him presents because it was his birthday and baby Jesus had plenty of milk because there were lots of cows about.

The cow bolted to the right as quickly as it could, which was not very fast, and the camel bolted to the left with such convulsive bounds that we were nearly thrown off its back.

When bruised, it gives out a strong smell of garlic, and when eaten by cows it makes their milk taste powerfully of onions.

But Nomad cows would have kicked and butted their way out through the boards of the fence by now, so he decided they must be hybrids.

So too thought Emma, for there had come a lightness on her life, and she sang whilst about her work, except when in the cow byre or the yard.

Moreover, he had three cows in the byre, a pony in the stable, a pig lying with litter, a dozen hens, and four ducks.