From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) .
) (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.
(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;
A person who lacks courage.
* 1856 : (Gustave Flaubert), (Madame Bovary), Part II Chapter IV, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
- He tortured himself to find out how he could make his declaration to her, and always halting between the fear of displeasing her and the shame of being such a coward , he wept with discouragement and desire. Then he took energetic resolutions, wrote letters that he tore up, put it off to times that he again deferred.
* See also
*:It is a coward and servile humour, for a man to disguise and hide himselfe under a maske, and not dare to shew himselfe as he is.
- He raised the house with loud and coward cries.
(heraldry, of a lion) Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs.
English words suffixed with -ard
- Invading fears repel my coward joy.