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intr.v. kow·towed, kow·tow·ing, kow·tows
1. To kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in expression of deep respect, worship, or submission, as formerly done in China.
2. To show servile deference. See Synonyms at fawn1.
1. The act of kneeling and touching the forehead to the ground.
2. An obsequious act.
[From Mandarin kòu tóu, a kowtow, from Middle Chinese khəw` tɦəw : khəw`, to strike, knock + tɦəw, head.]
1. to touch the forehead to the ground as a sign of deference: a former Chinese custom
2. (often foll by to) to be servile or obsequious (towards)
the act of kowtowing
[C19: from Chinese k'o t'ou, from k'o to strike, knock + t'ou head]
kow•tow(ˈkaʊˈtaʊ, -ˌtaʊ, ˈkoʊ-)
1. to act in an obsequious manner; show servile deference.
2. to touch the forehead to the ground while kneeling, as an act of worship, respect, etc., esp. in former Chinese custom.n.
3. the act of kowtowing.
[1795–1805; < Chinese kòutóu literally, knock (one's) head]
Past participle: kowtowed
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|Noun||1.||kowtow - a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission|
|Verb||1.||kowtow - bend the knees and bow in a servile manner|
bow - bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"
|2.||kowtow - try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"|
Kotauzu Kreuze kriechen
to kowtow to sb → s'aplatir devant qn