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Meaning of KOWTOW

Pronunciation:  'kaw'taw

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
  2. [v]  tray to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
  3. [v]  bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

KOWTOW is a 6 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: bootlick, fawn, genuflect, kotow, kotow, scrape, suck up, toady, truckle
 See Also: blandish, bow, bow, bowing, court favor, court favour, curry favor, curry favour, flatter, obeisance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Kow*tow"\, n. & v. i.
The same as {Kotow}.

      I have salaamed and kowtowed to him.     --H. James.

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