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4 definitions found
 for kotow
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Kotow \Ko*tow"\, n. [Chinese, knock head.]
     Same as kowtow, the more common spellings. [China] [Also
     spelled kowtow.] --S. W. Williams.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Kotow \Ko*tow"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kotowed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Kotowing.]
     1. To perform the kotow. Now usually spelled kowtow. [Also
        spelled kowtow.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To defer to another in a servile or humiliating manner; to
        act obsequiously.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Kowtow \Kow*tow"\, n. [Chinese, knock head.]
     The prostration made by mandarins and others to their
     superiors, either as homage or worship, by knocking the
     forehead on the ground; same as Kotow. There are degrees in
     the rite, the highest being expressed by three knockings.
     [China] [Also spelled kotow.] --S. W. Williams.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  kotow
      n 1: a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the
           forehead as a sign of respect or submission [syn: kowtow,
           kotow]
      v 1: try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always
           kowtowing to his boss" [syn: fawn, toady, truckle,
           bootlick, kowtow, kotow, suck up]

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