From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) .
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A female domesticated ox or other bovine, especially an adult after she has had a calf.
More generally, any domestic bovine regardless of sex or age.
The meat of such animals as food (more commonly called beef).
The female of larger species of mammal, including bovines, moose, whales, seals, hippos, rhinos, manatees, and elephants.
(derogatory, informal) A woman who is considered despicable in some way, especially one considered to be fat, lazy, ugly, argumentative, mean or spiteful.
(informal) Anything that is annoyingly difficult, awkward or graceless.
(informal) A conniption fit or hissy fit; a state of agitation .
(mining) A wedge or brake to stop a machine or car; a chock.
- That website is a real cow to navigate.
The plural cows is the normal plural for multiple individuals, while cattle is used in a more collective sense. The umlaut plurals ky, kye and kine are archaic and no longer in common use.
* bastard, bitch, bugger (UK)
* (female domesticated ox or other bovine) bull
* (meat) chicken, pig, pork, goat, lamb, mutton
(terms derived from "cow")
* cow catcher, cowcatcher
* cow corner
* cowmilk, cow milk
* cow shot
* cow tipping
* cash cow
* have a cow
* holy cow
* sacred cow
Probably from (etyl) .
To intimidate; to daunt the spirits or courage of.
- Con artists are not cowed by the law.
- To vanquish a people already cowed .
(UK, dialect) A chimney cowl.
* 1836 , Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers ?
- Who could live to gaze from day to day on bricks and slates, who had once felt the influence of a scene like this? Who could continue to exist, where there are no cows but the cows on the chimneypots; nothing redolent of Pan but pan-tiles;
From (etyl) (m), partly from (etyl) . More at (m); see also (m).
(obsolete) Mass; church service.
A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to an animal at one time.
- A mess of pottage.
A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table.
- At their savoury dinner set / Of herbs and other country messes .
* 1610 , , IV. iv. 11:
- the wardroom mess
A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).
- But that our feasts / In every mess have folly, and the feeders / Digest it with accustom,
(US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
* Eton mess
* lose the number of one's mess
* mess hall
* mess up
* Mills Mess
(label) To take meals with a mess.
(label) To belong to a mess.
(label) To eat (with others).
(label) To supply with a mess.
Perhaps a corruption of (etyl) , compare (muss), or derived from Etymology 1 "mixed foods, as for animals".
A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
(label) A large quantity or number.
* see also
(label) To make a mess of.
(label) To throw into confusion.
(label) To interfere.
(terms derived from "mess")
* mess around
* mess up
* mess with