Cow vs Mess - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between cow and mess

is that cow is a female domesticated ox or other bovine, especially an adult after she has had a calf or cow can be (uk|dialect) a chimney cowl while mess is (obsolete) mass; church service or mess can be a disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.

As verbs the difference between cow and mess

is that cow is to intimidate; to daunt the spirits or courage of while mess is to take meals with a mess.

cow

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) .

Noun

(wikipedia cow) (en-noun) (see usage notes)
  • 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.
  • That website is a real cow to navigate.
  • (informal) A conniption fit or hissy fit; a state of agitation .
  • (mining) A wedge or brake to stop a machine or car; a chock.
  • (Knight)
    Usage notes
    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.
    Synonyms
    * bitch * bastard, bitch, bugger (UK)
    Antonyms
    * (female domesticated ox or other bovine) bull
    See also
    * (meat) chicken, pig, pork, goat, lamb, mutton
    Derived terms
    (terms derived from "cow") * cowboy * cow catcher, cowcatcher * cow corner * cowgirl * cowherd * cowmilk, cow milk * cowpoke * cowpool * cowpuncher * cowshed * cow shot * cow tipping * cash cow * have a cow * holy cow * sacred cow

    See also

    * * beef * bovine * bull * calf * cattle * heifer * steer * low * moo * ox * veal

    Etymology 2

    Probably from (etyl) .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To intimidate; to daunt the spirits or courage of.
  • Con artists are not cowed by the law.
  • * Shakespeare
  • To vanquish a people already cowed .

    Etymology 3

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (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;

    mess

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), partly from (etyl) . More at (m); see also (m).

    Noun

    (es)
  • (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.
  • * Milton
  • At their savoury dinner set / Of herbs and other country messes .
  • 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.
  • the wardroom mess
  • * 1610 , , IV. iv. 11:
  • But that our feasts / In every mess have folly, and the feeders / Digest it with accustom,
  • A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).
  • (Latimer)
  • (US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
  • Derived terms
    * Eton mess * lose the number of one's mess * mess hall * mess up * Mills Mess

    Verb

  • (label) To take meals with a mess.
  • (label) To belong to a mess.
  • (label) To eat (with others).
  • (label) To supply with a mess.
  • Etymology 2

    Perhaps a corruption of (etyl) , compare (muss), or derived from Etymology 1 "mixed foods, as for animals".

    Noun

    (-)
  • A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
  • (label) A large quantity or number.
  • (label) Excrement.
  • Synonyms
    * see also

    Verb

    (es)
  • (label) To make a mess of.
  • (label) To throw into confusion.
  • (label) To interfere.
  • Derived terms
    (terms derived from "mess") * messy * mess around * mess up * mess with

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