verb (used without object)
Origin of kowtow
Examples from the Web for kowtow
And, of course, all these people had to kowtow and sell to Saatchi.Joshua Compston Was Once the Wunderkind of the British Art World…and Now He’s Been Practically Forgotten|Anthony Haden-Guest|January 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If President Obama wants to kowtow more to "the markets" (Wall Street), he might appoint someone like Summers or Rubin.
No matter how servile he may be at home, everyone will kowtow to him abroad.Villa Elsa|Stuart Henry
We had to kowtow again in thanking Her Majesty for her kindness and finally she said: "Nemen tzowba" (you can go now).Two Years in the Forbidden City|The Princess Der Ling
As he declined to kowtow before the emperor, he was not admitted to the imperial presence and the mission proved 199 abortive.
After a great deal of kowtow, they were planted in two chairs opposite each other in the living-room.The Monster and Other Stories|Stephen Crane
It shows what a nice disposition you have, to come to me to-day, after the way my nephew made me kowtow to you yesterday.Mrs. Darrell|Foxcroft Davis
British Dictionary definitions for kowtow
Word Origin for kowtow
Word Origin and History for kowtow
also kow-tow, 1804, from Chinese k'o-t'ou custom of touching the ground with the forehead to show respect or submission, literally "knock the head," from k'o "knock, bump" + t'ou "head." The verb in the figurative sense of "act in an obsequious manner" is from 1826. Related: Kowtowed; kowtowing.