Origin of kine1
Origin of kine2
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
Related Words for kinecow, oxen, hog, horse, elephant, pig, swine, cattle, tapir, camel, deer, rhinoceros, giraffe, llama, buffalo, hippopotamus
Examples from the Web for kine
Historical Examples of kine
Kine feed in the grass-grown bailey court; its glory is departed.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
And as I enter the little village, I am greeted by the bleat of sheep and the low of the kine.The Book of Khalid
The paths in the woods were covered with the dead bodies of kine, calves and sheep.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
She is a little taller, and she is so graceful when she milks the kine.The Buddha
Only two women were left in Middalhof with her, and some thralls who tended the kine and horses.Eric Brighteyes
H. Rider Haggard
Word Origin for kine
Word Origin for cow
Word Origin for cow
archaic plural of cow, a double plural (cf. children) or genitive plural of Middle English kye "cows," from Old English cy (genitive cyna), plural of cu "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