- to express religious faith, gratitude, reverence, or awe, usually in public, by dropping to one knee, head resting on one's fist: People now expect her to Tebow whenever she wins a race. At his first sight of the Grand Canyon, he shocked us all by tebowing right at the edge.
- to assume this kneeling pose or some key elements of it as for a joke, in imitation of the prayerful pose, or in mockery of religious faith: I can't believe he actually taught his dog to tebow before every game!
Origin of Tebow
2011; after Timothy Richard “Tim” Tebow, American football quarterback, known for praying after scoring
This is a fad word used during the 2011–2012 American football season. Whether it will last significantly beyond that remains to be seen.
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Examples from the Web for tebow
But, unlike another famously athletic and God-fearing Tim (Mr. Tebow), Howard is far less preachy.Team USA Lost, but Tim Howard Is a Winner
July 1, 2014
Somewhere, a no-longer-in-the-league Tebow is ruefully nodding.Don’t Cry for Johnny Football. The NFL’s 22nd Pick Will Do Just Fine.
May 9, 2014
The Book of Tebow Thomas Lake, Sports Illustrated He prayed.The Week’s Best Longreads for November 30, 2013
November 30, 2013
But it seems as if Tebow had second thoughts about his second thoughts.
Representatives for Tebow did not return multiple messages for comment.