the mature female of a bovine animal, especially of the genus Bos.
the female of certain other mammals, as elephants, seals, and whales.
Informal. a domestic bovine of either sex and any age.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptible woman, especially one who is fat, stupid, lazy, etc.
a woman who has a large number of children or is frequently pregnant.
Idioms about cow
have a cow, Slang. to become very angry or upset; throw a fit: My mom will have a cow when she hears I'm moving.
till / until the cows come home, for a long time; forever: You can keep arguing till the cows come home, but I won't change my mind.
- cow·like, adjective
Other definitions for cow (2 of 2)
to frighten with threats, violence, etc.; intimidate; overawe.
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How to use cow in a sentence
It is a cash cow, handed billions by TV networks and rewarding its sponsors with huge ratings and ever growing revenues.
Nonetheless, a battle-ready J-31 could still be a cash cow, and a good way for China to make friends.
She became vegan, “inspired by a love of puppies and a cow that winked at me on a family vacation.”Speed Read: Lena Dunham’s Most Shocking Confessions From ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ | Kevin Fallon | September 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Faith is decency… if I were a cow I would be wearing a bra.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire | Kim Ghattas | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The original cash cow of the Murdoch newspapers was his red-top daily, The Sun.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine | Clive Irving | August 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He had five girls by his first wife; there is no reason why this splendid cow I have picked out should not produce a dozen boys.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
There are no chains to my prison, no steel cuffs to gall the limbs, no guards to threaten and cow me.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
Here the pair reached the "Dun cow" and retired to their respective quarters.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
But here at Fort Walsh we're among a class of people that are a heap different from Texas cow-punchers.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for cow (1 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for cow (2 of 2)
(tr) to frighten or overawe, as with threats
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Other Idioms and Phrases with cow
In addition to the idiom beginning with cow
- cow college
- cash cow
- holy cow
- sacred cow
- till the cows come home
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