Cow meaning

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(derogatory, informal) A woman who is considered despicable in some way, especially one considered to be fat, lazy, ugly, argumentative, mean or spiteful.
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The mature female of certain other mammals, as the buffalo, elephant, moose, whale, etc.
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(west, informal) A domestic bovine animal, whether a steer, bull, cow, or calf.
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To frighten or subdue with threats or a show of force.
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The mature female of certain other large animals, such as elephants, moose, or whales.
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A domesticated bovine of either sex or any age.
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The mature female of domestic cattle (genus Bos), valued for its milk.
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To make timid and submissive by filling with fear or awe; intimidate.
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The mature female of cattle of the genus Bos.
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The mature female of certain other large animals, such as elephants, moose, or whales.
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A domesticated bovine of either sex or any age.
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A female domesticated ox or other bovine, especially an adult after she has had a calf.
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More generally, any domestic bovine regardless of sex or age.
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The meat of such animals as food (more commonly called beef).
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The female of larger species of mammal, including bovines, moose, whales, seals, hippos, rhinos, manatees, and elephants.
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(informal) Anything that is annoyingly difficult, awkward or graceless.

That website is a real cow to navigate.

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(informal) A conniption fit or hissy fit; a state of agitation (only in the phrase have a cow).
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(mining) A wedge or brake to stop a machine or car; a chock.

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To intimidate; to daunt the spirits or courage of. Found primarily in the passive voice.

Con artists are not cowed by the law.

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(computing) Acronym of copy-on-write.
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The definition of a cow is the female of domestic cattle and certain other mammals including whales, manatees and elephants.

An example of a cow is a Hereford that is raised for beef.

An example of a cow is a mother elephant.

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The mature female of cattle of the genus Bos.
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(UK, dialect) A chimney cowl.

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have a cow
  • To become amazed, angered, or upset:
    He had a cow when he saw the mess we made.
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(informal) till the cows come home
  • For a very long time; indefinitely:
    They could argue till the cows come home and still not reach an agreement.
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have a cow
  • to become very agitated or angry
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Origin of cow

  • Middle English cou from Old English gwou- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English cou, cu, from Old English (“cow”), from Proto-Germanic *kūz (“cow”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷṓws (“cow”). Cognate with Scots coo (“cow”), North Frisian ko, (“cow”), Eastern Frisian ku (“cow”), West Frisian ko (“cow”), Dutch koe (“cow”), Low German Koh, Koo, Kau (“cow”), German Kuh (“cow”), Swedish ko (“cow”), Norwegian ku (“cow”), Icelandic kýr (“cow”), Latin bōs (“ox, bull, cow”), Armenian կով (kov).

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably from Old Norse kúga (“to oppress”) (whence also Danish and Norwegian kue, Swedish kuva); compare Icelandic kúfa (“to set on top”).

    From Wiktionary