kine

1
[ kahyn ]
/ kaɪn /

noun Archaic.

a plural of cow1.

Origin of kine

1
Middle English kyn, Old English cȳna, genitive plural of cow1

Definition for kine (2 of 3)

kine

2
[ kin-ee ]
/ ˈkɪn i /

noun

Origin of kine

2
shortened form

Definition for kine (3 of 3)

cow

1
[ kou ]
/ kaʊ /

noun, plural cows, (Archaic) kine.

the mature female of a bovine animal, especially of the genus Bos.
the female of various other large animals, as the elephant or whale.
Informal. a domestic bovine of either sex and any age.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a large, obese, and slovenly woman.
  2. a woman who has a large number of children or is frequently pregnant.

Origin of cow

1
before 900; Middle English cou, Old English cū; cognate with German Kuh, Dutch koe, Old Norse kȳr, Latin bōs, Greek boûs ox; cf. bovine, gaur

Related forms

cow·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kine (1 of 3)

kine

/ (kaɪn) /

noun

(functioning as plural) an archaic word for cowsor cattle

Word Origin for kine

Old English cӯna of cows, from cow 1

British Dictionary definitions for kine (2 of 3)

cow

1
/ (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 kine (3 of 3)

cow

2
/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with kine

cow


In addition to the idiom beginning with cow

  • cow college

also see:

  • cash cow
  • holy cow
  • sacred cow
  • till the cows come home
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