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

    Etymology: [See Cowl a hood.]

  2. Cow(noun)

    the mature female of bovine animals

    Etymology: [See Cowl a hood.]

  3. Cow(noun)

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

    Etymology: [See Cowl a hood.]

  4. Cow(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Cowl a hood.]

  5. Cow(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cow

    Applied by whalers to the female whale.--To cow. To depress with fear.

Editors Contribution

  1. cow

    A type of female animal.

    The cow was in the field and my husband loved the way I wanted to cuddle them.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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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

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  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

Examples of cow in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Perley:

    The properties of the Cow strain nearly all models we have tried to devise to explain it, whatever it is, it must involve some form of energetic and very fast explosion interacting with an extremely dense shell of material very close to the explosion progenitor.

  2. Brian Grefenstette:

    If we're seeing the birth of a compact object in real time, this could be the start of a new chapter in our understanding of stellar evolution, we looked at this object with many different observatories, and of course the more windows you open onto an object, the more you can learn about it. But, as we're seeing with the Cow, that doesn't necessarily mean the solution will be simple.

  3. Dick Allen:

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

  4. Lena Dunham:

    It’s just so crazy because I spent six years of my career being called things like ‘bag of milk’… ‘baby cow,’ ‘aging cow.’ But when she recently lost weight, some people also turned against her. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS Then I had this experience of my body changing and suddenly I had all these people being like, 'you're a hypocrite, I thought you were body positive. I thought you were a person who embraced bodies of all sizes,' and I'm like ‘I do, I just also understand that bodies change, we live a long time, things happen.’ Dunham told DeGeneres she the comments irked her. I was frustrated by it because it really was evidence that as a woman in Hollywood, you just can't win.

  5. Vikrant Parsai:

    Trying to make money without working is like trying to milk a cow with your hands in your pockets.

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