Is the singer who says she “loves men” cowing to a culture of misogyny, or making a savvy business decision?
Tying to the stake was the most complete means of subjugating and cowing the prisoners.
There was no one like Larry for facing a crowd and cowing it.
Dick, cowing him further with a sustained glare, replaced the paper-weight and directed an envelope.
The tone of the question usually had the effect of cowing Tabitha, but the temptation was too strong to be resisted.
So I was grateful to him for cowing them, though I really believe that your way is the best, Stair.
If monsters with no information about us landed, they might perpetrate some massacres with the entirely foolish idea of cowing us.
By his shouts he succeeded in so cowing the peasants that they obeyed him and began to beat each other at his command.
All I reckoned upon was cowing him into a civiller posture of mind, and checking his aggressions and insolence.
He did not hesitate to leave the two conspirators alone together again; he judged that he had succeeded in cowing them both.
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.
"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.