verb (used with object)
Origin of cow2
Synonyms for cow
Examples from the Web for cowed
In 1386, the crowd of onlookers was cowed into silence by the threat of losing a hand.The ‘GOT’ Red Viper and Mountain Duel, and a History of Medieval Trial by Combat|Steven Isaac|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And it is girls themselves who are refusing to be cowed or blackmailed into accepting their subjugation.Gordon Brown: Malala’s Fight for Girls’ Education in Pakistan Continues|Gordon Brown|June 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It took more than a decade for “guns” to become an issue that cowed liberals and Democrats.Gun Control Stalls After Sandy Hook, but Stage Set for Changes to Come|Jamelle Bouie|April 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A true revolutionary who will not be cowed by the Beltway sell-outs.
Fieri would not be cowed by a review that more than half of all Today show viewers deemed too harsh.Guy Fieri Battles Scathing New York Times Review by Pete Wells|Katie Baker|November 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She was no longer timid, nor cowed by the change she felt in him.
She, on the other hand, rode triumphant over waves of passion which cowed him.Malbone|Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Thirty of their bravest were slain, and the others sneaked away like a pack of wolves, beaten and cowed.The Disputed V.C.|Frederick P. Gibbon
After a pause it was he who spoke, in a quiet, unemotional voice which aggravated while it cowed her.From One Generation to Another|Henry Seton Merriman
He had suffered a mutiny—and later, in a few violent, reckless minutes of action he had broken it—or cowed it at least.The Harbor Master|Theodore Goodridge Roberts
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