kowtow

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EtymologyEdit

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.
  2. (intransitive) To bow very deeply.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To act in a very submissive manner.

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kowtow ‎(plural kowtows)

  1. The act of kowtowing.

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NounEdit

kowtow m (plural kowtows)

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