WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
cow1 /kaʊ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Zoologythe mature female of cattle:The cows were kept for their milk.
  2. Animal Husbandry, Zoology, Informal TermsInformal. a domestic bovine of either sex and any age:Look at all the cows in the field.
  3. Zoologythe female of various other large animals, such as the elephant.
  1. Idiomshave a cow,[Slang.] to become very excited or angry;
    have a fit:told his teacher not to have a cow just because he forgot his homework.

cow•like, adj. 

cow2 /kaʊ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to frighten with threats;
    intimidate:I was cowed into agreeing with the boss.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
cow1  (kou),USA pronunciation n., pl.  cows,  (Archaic) kine. 
  1. Zoologythe mature female of a bovine animal, esp. of the genus Bos.
  2. Zoologythe female of various other large animals, as the elephant or whale.
  3. Animal Husbandry, Zoology, Informal Terms[Informal.]a domestic bovine of either sex and any age.
  4. Slang Terms(disparaging and offensive). a large, obese, and slovenly woman.
  5. Slang Terms[Offensive.]a woman who has a large number of children or is frequently pregnant.
  6. Idiomstill or  until the cows come home, for a long time;
    forever:You can keep arguing till the cows come home, but I won't change my mind.
cowlike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English cou, Old English cū; cognate with German Kuh, Dutch koe, Old Norse kȳr, Latin bōs, Greek boûs ox; compare bovine, gaur

cow2  (kou),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to frighten with threats, violence, etc.;
  • Old Norse kūga to oppress, cow; compare Danish kue to cow
  • 1595–1605
    terrorize, scare, bully.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

cow /kaʊ/ n
  1. the mature female of any species of cattle, esp domesticated cattle
  2. the mature female of various other mammals, such as the elephant, whale, and seal
  3. (not in technical use) any domestic species of cattle
  4. informal a disagreeable woman
  5. Austral NZ slang something objectionable (esp in the phrase a fair cow)
Etymology: Old English cū; related to Old Norse kӯr, Old High German kuo, Latin bōs, Greek boūs, Sanskrit gāŭs
cow /kaʊ/ vb
  1. (transitive) to frighten or overawe, as with threats
Etymology: 17th Century: from Old Norse kūga to oppress, related to Norwegian kue, Swedish kuva

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