noun, plural cows, (Archaic) kine.
- a large, obese, and slovenly woman.
- a woman who has a large number of children or is frequently pregnant.
Origin of cow1
verb (used with object)
Origin of cow2
Examples from the Web for cow
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|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|DAILY BEAST
Jersey cows produce 40 liters of milk a day, far more than the average Rwandan cow.The American Elite Embraces a New Africa at D.C. Summit|Eleanor Clift|August 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They could wash off cow dung, forget a yell that had no meaning.Lillian Smith’s Bombshell Novel About Interracial Love|Nathaniel Rich|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Never mind the time he put hundreds of peasants to death because someone threw a cow pie in his face.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding|Andrew Romano|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the latter part of winter, my only cow sickened and died, a loss which we seriously felt.Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow|Eliza R. Snow Smith
A cow grazed in the woods, which had been partly cleared of under-brush, and had the appearance of a park grove.Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue|Warren T. Ashton
I wanted him to turn out a set of harness, and take the cow and the sap troughs.The Pioneers|James Fenimore Cooper
“It can be nothing but the cow he is so mad about,” replied Edward.The Children of the New Forest|Captain Marryat
She seemed dimly to see Kari Svehaugen gliding about and taking care of things in the home and out in the cow house.Lisbeth Longfrock|Hans Aanrud
Word Origin for cow
Word Origin for cow
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with cow
- cow college
- cash cow
- holy cow
- sacred cow
- till the cows come home