What does COW mean?

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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)

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

  6. Origin: [See Cowl a hood.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cow

    kow, n. the female of the bovine animals: the female of certain other animals, as the elephant, &c.—older plurals, Kine and Kye, the latter now only Scotch.—ns. Cow′-bane, the water-hemlock, often destructive to cattle; Cow′-berr′y, the red whortleberry; Cow′-bird, -bunt′ing, an American starling which accompanies cattle, and drops its eggs into other birds' nests; Cow′-boy, a boy who has the care of cows: (U.S.) a man who has the charge of cattle on a ranch; Cow′-calf, a female calf; Cow′-catch′er (U.S.), an apparatus on the front of railway engines to throw off obstacles; Cow′-cher′vil, -pars′ley, -weed, an umbelliferous European plant of the hedges and woods; Cow′feeder, a dairyman, cowherd; Cow′-grass, the zigzag clover: a variety of red clover; Cow′-heel, an ox-foot stewed to a jelly; Cow′herd, one who herds cows; Cow′hide, the hide of a cow: the hide of a cow made into leather: a coarse whip made of twisted strips of cowhide.—v.t. to whip with a cowhide.—n. Cow′-house, a place in which cows are stalled, a byre.—adj. Cow′ish, like a cow: (Shak.) cowardly.—ns. Cow′-leech, a cow-doctor; Cow′lick, a tuft of turned-up hair on the forehead; Cow′-pars′nip, an umbelliferous plant, used as food for hogs and cattle; Cow′-plant, a perennial plant of Ceylon, with a milky juice; Cow′-pox, a disease which appears in pimples on the teats of the cow, the matter thereof used for vaccination; Cow′-tree, a South American tree that produces a nourishing fluid resembling milk; Cow′-wheat, a genus of annual plants, with yellow flowers and seeds somewhat like grains of wheat. [A.S. , pl. ; Ger. kuh; Sans. go.]

  2. Cow

    kow, v.t. to subdue: keep under: to dishearten.—adjs. Cowed, depressed; Cow′ish (Shak.), easily cowed, timorous: mean. [Perh. from Ice. kúga; Dan. kue, to subdue.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of COW in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of COW in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Renee Howard:

    I just thought, ‘another damn cow is loose!'.

  2. Dick Allen:

    If a cow can't eat it, I don't want to play on it.

  3. Jodi Amorese:

    Holy cow, holy cow. It really is an unbelievable experience.

  4. Emily Mitchell:

    It's sort of like putting a cow in a horse costume. It's still a cow.

  5. Pankaj Bansal:

    The cow is our mother, the ban should be imposed all over the country.

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