What does cow mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cow, moo-cownoun

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

  2. cownoun

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

  3. cowverb

    a large unpleasant woman

  4. overawe, cowverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COWnoun

    in the plural, anciently kine, or keen, now commonly cows; The female of the bull; the horned animal with cloven feet, kept for her milk and calves.

    Etymology: cu, Sax. koe, Dutch.

    We see that the horns of oxen and cows, for the most part, are larger than the bulls; which is caused by abundance of moisture, which in the horns of the bull faileth. Francis Bacon.

    After the fever is diminished, asses and goats milk may be necessary; yea, a diet of cows milk alone. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    Then, leaving in the fields his grazing cows,
    He sought himself some hospitable house:
    Good Creton entertain’d his godlike guest. John Dryden, Fables.

  2. To Cowverb

    To depress with fear; to oppress with habitual timidity.

    Etymology: from coward, by contraction.

    Macduff was from his mother’s womb
    Untimely ripp’d. ————
    ———— Accursed be that tongue that tells me so;
    For it hath cow’d my better part of man. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    By reason of their frequent revolts they have drawn upon themselves the pressures of war so often, that it seems to have somewhat cowed their spirits. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    For when men by their wives are cow’d,
    Their horns of course are understood. Hudibras, p. ii. c. 2.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cownoun

    a chimney cap; a cowl

  2. Cownoun

    the mature female of bovine animals

  3. Cownoun

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

  4. Cowverb

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

  5. Cownoun

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

  6. 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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  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. John Carlos:

    I'm the grass the cow has to eat to get the milk, if there's no grass, there's no cow.

  2. 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.

  3. Ron DeSantis:

    First of all, it'd be a cash cow for them if they had Disney, but I'm worried that they would use that as a pretext to raise taxes on people when that's what they would want to do anyways and then try to blame Reedy Creek, so we're not going to give them that opportunity.

  4. Wade Maierhofer:

    It's uncomfortable to spend this kind of money, but you know what, if you take care of a cow, she'll take care of you.

  5. Pete Sessions:

    Any vendor monetarily benefiting from vile language in opposition to law enforcement is appalling. Woke culture is proving to be a cash cow that further divides our nation, i am for rule of law and for backing the brave men and women in blue.

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