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cow

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[ kou ]
/ kaʊ /
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noun, plural cows, (Archaic) kine. [kahyn] /kaɪn/
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.
  1. a contemptible woman, especially one who is fat, stupid, lazy, etc.: She's an ugly cow.
  2. a woman who has a large number of children or is frequently pregnant.
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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.

Origin of cow

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First recorded before 900; Middle English cou, Old English cū; cognate with German Kuh, Dutch koe, Old Norse kȳr, Sanskrit gáuḥ “ox, cow,” Latin bōs “ox, cow,” Greek boûs “ox, cow”; cf. bovine, gaur

OTHER WORDS FROM cow

cow·like, adjective

Other definitions for cow (2 of 2)

cow2
[ kou ]
/ kaʊ /

verb (used with object)
to frighten with threats, violence, etc.; intimidate; overawe.

Origin of cow

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1595–1605; <Old Norse kūga to oppress, cow; compare Danish kue to cow

OTHER WORDS FROM cow

un·cowed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cow (1 of 2)

cow1
/ (kaʊ) /

noun
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

Word Origin for cow

Old English cū; related to Old Norse kӯr, Old High German kuo, Latin bōs, Greek boūs, Sanskrit gāŭs

British Dictionary definitions for cow (2 of 2)

cow2
/ (kaʊ) /

verb
(tr) to frighten or overawe, as with threats

Word Origin for cow

C17: from Old Norse kūga to oppress, related to Norwegian kue, Swedish kuva
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