Definitions for COWkaʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the mature female of a bovine animal, esp. of the genus


    Category: Zoology

  2. the female of various other large animals, as the elephant or whale.

    Category: Zoology

  3. Informal. a domestic bovine of either sex and any age.

    Category: Animal Husbandry, Zoology, Informal

Idioms for cow:

  1. have a cow,to become hysterical.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of cow:

bef. 900; ME cou, OE cū, c. OS kō, OHG chuo, ON kȳr, L bōs, Gk boûs ox


  1. to frighten with threats; intimidate; overawe.

Origin of cow:

1595–1605; < ON kūga to oppress, cow

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cow, moo-cow(noun)

    female of domestic cattle: "`moo-cow' is a child's term"

  2. cow(noun)

    mature female of mammals of which the male is called `bull'

  3. cow(verb)

    a large unpleasant woman

  4. overawe, cow(verb)

    subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe; frighten (as with threats)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cow(noun)ʊ

    a large milk-producing farm animal

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cow(noun)

    a chimney cap; a cowl

  2. Cow(noun)

    the mature female of bovine animals

  3. Cow(noun)

    the female of certain large mammals, as whales, seals, etc

  4. Cow(verb)

    to depress with fear; to daunt the spirits or courage of; to overawe

  5. Cow(noun)

    a wedge, or brake, to check the motion of a machine or car; a chock

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COW' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2822

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COW' in Nouns Frequency: #1529

Translations for COW

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the female of cattle used for giving milk

He has ten cows and a bull.

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