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kowtow

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Alternative spellings

A person kowtows.

Etymology

From Cantonese Chinese 叩頭 / 叩头 (kau3 tau4), kau3 ‘knock’ + tau4 ‘head’.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to kowtow

Third person singular
-

Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to kowtow (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To kneel and bow low enough to touch one’s forehead to the ground.
  2. (intransitive) To bow very deeply.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To act in a very submissive manner.

Translations

Noun

Singular
kowtow

Plural
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kowtow ({{{1}}})
  1. The act of kowtowing.

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