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From Sinitic 叩頭 (Cantonese kau3 tau4, Mandarin kòutóu), literally "knock head".

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kowtow (third-person singular simple present kowtows, present participle kowtowing, simple past and past participle kowtowed)

  1. (intransitive) To kneel and bow low enough to touch one’s forehead to the ground.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  2. (intransitive) To bow very deeply.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To act in a very submissive manner.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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kowtow (plural kowtows)

  1. The act of kowtowing.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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kowtow m (plural kowtows)

  1. kowtow (bow low enough to touch one’s forehead to the ground)