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6 definitions found
 for kowtow
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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Kowtow \Kow*tow"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kowtowed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Kowtowing.]
     To perform the kowtow. Same as Kotow
     [1913 Webster]
  
           I have salaamed and kowtowed to him.     --H. James.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To defer to another in a servile or humiliating manner; to
        act obsequiously.
  
     Syn: kotow.
          [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  kowtow
      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: bend the knees and bow in a servile manner [syn: scrape,
           kowtow, genuflect]
      2: try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always
         kowtowing to his boss" [syn: fawn, toady, truckle,
         bootlick, kowtow, kotow, suck up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  75 Moby Thesaurus words for "kowtow":
     apple-polish, bend, bend the knee, bend the neck, bend to,
     bending the knee, bob, bob a curtsy, bob down, bootlick, bow,
     bow and scrape, bow down, bow the head, bow to,
     bowing and scraping, brown-nose, butter up, cower, crawl, creep,
     cringe, cringe to, crouch, crouch before, curtsy,
     dance attendance on, dipping the colors, do homage, do obeisance,
     duck, fall down before, fawn, flatter, genuflect, genuflection,
     grovel, homage, inclination, kneel, kneel to, kneeling, knuckle to,
     lick the dust, lickspittle, make a leg, make a reverence,
     make obeisance, making a leg, nod, obeisance, obsequiousness,
     pander to, pay court to, play up to, presenting arms, prostration,
     reverence, salaam, salutation, salute, scrape, servility,
     shine up to, squat, standing at attention, stoop, submission,
     submissiveness, suck up to, supination, toadeat, toady, truckle,
     truckle to
  
  

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