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Idioms for bow

Origin of bow

1
before 900; Middle English bowen (v.), Old English būgan; cognate with Dutch buigen; akin to German biegen, Gothic biugan, Old Norse buga, etc.

synonym study for bow

1. See bend1.

OTHER WORDS FROM bow

bowed·ness, nounbow·ing·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bow

bough bow
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British Dictionary definitions for bow out (1 of 5)

bow out
/ (baʊ) /

verb

(adverb; usually tr often foll by of) to retire or withdraw gracefully

British Dictionary definitions for bow out (2 of 5)

bow1
/ (baʊ) /

verb

noun

a lowering or inclination of the head or body as a mark of respect, greeting, or assent
take a bow to acknowledge or receive applause or praise
See also bow out

Word Origin for bow

Old English būgan, related to Old Norse bjūgr bent, Old High German biogan to bend, Dutch buigen

British Dictionary definitions for bow out (3 of 5)

bow2
/ (bəʊ) /

noun

verb

to form or cause to form a curve or curves
to make strokes of a bow across (violin strings)

Word Origin for bow

Old English boga arch, bow; related to Old Norse bogi a bow, Old High German bogo, Old Irish bocc, and bow 1

British Dictionary definitions for bow out (4 of 5)

bow3
/ (baʊ) /

noun

mainly nautical
  1. (often plural) the forward end or part of a vessel
  2. (as modifier)the bow mooring line
rowing short for bowman 2
on the port bow nautical within 45 degrees to the port of straight ahead
on the starboard bow nautical within 45 degrees to the starboard of straight ahead
a shot across someone's bows informal a warning

Word Origin for bow

C15: probably from Low German boog; related to Dutch boeg, Danish bov ship's bow, shoulder; see bough

British Dictionary definitions for bow out (5 of 5)

Bow
/ (bəʊ) /

noun

Clara, known as the It Girl . 1905–65, US film actress, noted for her vivacity and sex appeal
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Idioms and Phrases with bow out (1 of 2)

bow out

Depart, withdraw, resign, as in After five years as chairman, I felt it was time I bowed out, or We'll have to beat them; they'll never bow out. [First half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with bow out (2 of 2)

bow

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