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cow2

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verb (used with object)
  1. to frighten with threats, violence, etc.; intimidate; overawe.

Origin of cow2

1595–1605; < Old Norse kūga to oppress, cow; compare Danish kue to cow
Related formsun·cowed, adjective

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terrorize, scare, bully.
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British Dictionary definitions for cowed

cow1

noun
  1. the mature female of any species of cattle, esp domesticated cattle
  2. the mature female of various other mammals, such as the elephant, whale, and seal
  3. (not in technical use) any domestic species of cattle
  4. informal a disagreeable woman
  5. Australian and NZ slang something objectionable (esp in the phrase a fair cow)
  6. till the cows come home informal for a very long time; effectively for ever

Word Origin

Old English cū; related to Old Norse kӯr, Old High German kuo, Latin bōs, Greek boūs, Sanskrit gāŭs

cow2

verb
  1. (tr) to frighten or overawe, as with threats

Word Origin

C17: from Old Norse kūga to oppress, related to Norwegian kue, Swedish kuva
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Word Origin and History for cowed

cow

n.

Old English cu "cow," from Proto-Germanic *kwon (cf. 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 (cf. Sanskrit gaus, Greek bous, Latin bov-, Old Irish bo, Latvian guovs, Armenian gaus "cow," Slovak hovado "ox"), perhaps ultimately imitative of lowing (cf. 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," e.g. Lithuanian karve, Old Church Slavonic krava.

cow

v.

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

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Idioms and Phrases with cowed

cow

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