Definitions for kotow

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kowtow, kotow(verb)

    a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission

  2. fawn, toady, truckle, bootlick, kowtow, kotow, suck up(verb)

    try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

    "He is always kowtowing to his boss"

GCIDE

  1. Kotow(v. i.)

    To defer to another in a servile or humiliating manner; to act obsequiously.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kotow(noun)

    the prostration made by mandarins and others to their superiors, either as homage or worship, by knocking the forehead on the ground. There are degrees in the rite, the highest being expressed by three knockings

  2. Kotow(verb)

    to perform the kotow

  3. Origin: [Chinese, knock head.]

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