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kow·tow

 (kou-tou′, kou′tou′)
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.
n.
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.]

kowtow

(ˌkaʊˈtaʊ)
vb (intr)
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)
n
the act of kowtowing
[C19: from Chinese k'o t'ou, from k'o to strike, knock + t'ou head]
ˌkowˈtower n

kow•tow

(ˈkaʊˈtaʊ, -ˌtaʊ, ˈkoʊ-)
v.i.
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]
kow′tow′er, n.

kowtow


Past participle: kowtowed
Gerund: kowtowing

Imperative
kowtow
kowtow
Present
I kowtow
you kowtow
he/she/it kowtows
we kowtow
you kowtow
they kowtow
Preterite
I kowtowed
you kowtowed
he/she/it kowtowed
we kowtowed
you kowtowed
they kowtowed
Present Continuous
I am kowtowing
you are kowtowing
he/she/it is kowtowing
we are kowtowing
you are kowtowing
they are kowtowing
Present Perfect
I have kowtowed
you have kowtowed
he/she/it has kowtowed
we have kowtowed
you have kowtowed
they have kowtowed
Past Continuous
I was kowtowing
you were kowtowing
he/she/it was kowtowing
we were kowtowing
you were kowtowing
they were kowtowing
Past Perfect
I had kowtowed
you had kowtowed
he/she/it had kowtowed
we had kowtowed
you had kowtowed
they had kowtowed
Future
I will kowtow
you will kowtow
he/she/it will kowtow
we will kowtow
you will kowtow
they will kowtow
Future Perfect
I will have kowtowed
you will have kowtowed
he/she/it will have kowtowed
we will have kowtowed
you will have kowtowed
they will have kowtowed
Future Continuous
I will be kowtowing
you will be kowtowing
he/she/it will be kowtowing
we will be kowtowing
you will be kowtowing
they will be kowtowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been kowtowing
you have been kowtowing
he/she/it has been kowtowing
we have been kowtowing
you have been kowtowing
they have been kowtowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been kowtowing
you will have been kowtowing
he/she/it will have been kowtowing
we will have been kowtowing
you will have been kowtowing
they will have been kowtowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been kowtowing
you had been kowtowing
he/she/it had been kowtowing
we had been kowtowing
you had been kowtowing
they had been kowtowing
Conditional
I would kowtow
you would kowtow
he/she/it would kowtow
we would kowtow
you would kowtow
they would kowtow
Past Conditional
I would have kowtowed
you would have kowtowed
he/she/it would have kowtowed
we would have kowtowed
you would have kowtowed
they would have kowtowed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kowtow - a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submissionkowtow - a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
bowing, obeisance, bow - bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
Verb1.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 flatteringkowtow - try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
blandish, flatter - praise somewhat dishonestly
court favor, court favour, curry favor, curry favour - seek favor by fawning or flattery; "This employee is currying favor with his superordinates"

kowtow

verb grovel, court, flatter, cringe, fawn, pander to, suck up to (slang), toady, kiss someone's ass (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), brown-nose (taboo slang), truckle, lick someone's boots, lick someone's arse (taboo slang) Nor did he kowtow to his editors.

kowtow

verb
To support slavishly every opinion or suggestion of a superior:
Slang: suck up.
Idioms: curry favor, dance attendance, kiss someone's feet, lick someone's boots.
noun
An inclination of the head or body, as in greeting, consent, courtesy, submission, or worship:
Translations
Kotauzu Kreuze kriechen

kowtow

[ˈkaʊˈtaʊ] VI (= bow) → saludar humildemente; (= be subservient) to kowtow to sbbajar la cabeza or doblegarse ante algn

kowtow

[ˌkaʊˈtaʊ] vi
to kowtow to sb → s'aplatir devant qn

kowtow

vieinen Kotau machen, dienern; to kowtow to somebodyvor jdm dienern or katzbuckeln (inf)or einen Kotau machen

kowtow

[ˌkaʊˈtaʊ] vi (fam) to kowtow to sbprostrarsi davanti a qn (fig)
References in classic literature ?
Sacramento gives us our appropriations and therefore we kowtow to Sacramento, and to the Board of Regents, and to the party press, or to the press of both parties."
It is clearly one of master and servant, the Brexiteer myth of "an independent country" has been completely debunked as Boris Johnson does his utmost to kowtow to Donald Trump's wishes, receiving nothing in return.
The Labour leader said Prime Minister Theresa May was wrong to "kowtow" to a president who tore up international treaties and used "racist and misogynist rhetoric".
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Another temple ritual includes the "kowtow" which are bows done as acts of worship.
He sees risk that China will hunker down and resist bullying on trade, rather than kowtow to demand, which will likely see the tariff war ratcheting up rather than down.
A kowtow? Women should curtsy by putting the right foot behind the left heel, bending the knees slightly.
Theresa May will not kowtow to betting shop bosses and demands action.
I WAS intrigued by the letter sent in by Alan Carter of Newcastle with his opinion boots and bombs are a futile weapon to use against an aggressive regime, ie ISIL or IS as they wish to be known, what he doesn't say is what he would do to defeat this murderous group who wish to wipe out the whole of the Western population if we don't kowtow to their way of life.
It used to be Chinese emperors who got the old kowtow, the reverential kneeling and the bowing, the head touching the ground.