- to frighten with threats, violence, etc.; intimidate; overawe.
Origin of cow2
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Examples from the Web for uncowed
Uncowed, Banks chose to brush Kreayshawn back rather than apologize.Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea, and the Feuding Femcees
March 3, 2012
One had the look of an eagle, with his beak-nose and deep-set, uncowed eyes.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Cavour's uncowed attitude at this crisis was what first fixed upon him the eyes of European diplomacy.The Liberation of Italy
Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
He glared balefully at the uncowed Earthmen and spoke again, evidently repeating his command.The Red Hell of Jupiter
- the mature female of any species of cattle, esp domesticated cattle
- the mature female of various other mammals, such as the elephant, whale, and seal
- (not in technical use) any domestic species of cattle
- informal a disagreeable woman
- Australian and NZ slang something objectionable (esp in the phrase a fair cow)
- till the cows come home informal for a very long time; effectively for ever
- (tr) to frighten or overawe, as with threats
Word Origin and History for uncowed
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.