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kowtow(kou-touˈ, kouˈtouˌ)

(noun) - a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission

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EXAMPLES - Kowtow in a Sentence

  1. And he got, from the State Department, the full kowtow. (source)
  2. No. And the good ones don't want you to kowtow to them either. (source)
  3. He's not going to bend or kowtow to any type of, you know, naysayer. (source)
  4. From Subaru, who refuses to kowtow to the fascination for 'wanna trucks.' (source)
  5. Will the world's computer makers kowtow to the Thought Police in Beijing?. (source)
  6. I would like to compliment #2 for a most cromulent use of the word 'kowtow' (source)
  7. Was the Met constrained in its scholarship by a need to kowtow to its Chinese lenders? (source)
  8. BP's subsequent $20 billion escrow fund kowtow removed any pressure for nationalization. (source)
  9. All you did was kowtow to the teams and their sponsors, until Howard Cosell changed all that. (source)
  10. So the -- as the women in a kind of marriage like this, they either have to kowtow to everything. (source)
  11. There was no need to "kowtow to the Americans every time they wanted something done", said Broughton. (source)
  12. And we stood up to countries that thought they could bring us to our needs and make us kowtow to them. (source)
  13. Germany's establishment is all too happy to kowtow and urge the EU to do the same, at Ukraine's expense. (source)
  14. Because if you want to know what Honduras avoided by refusing to kowtow to the U.S. last year, Ecuador is it. (source)
  15. Broughton added that British authorities should not "kowtow to the Americans every time they wanted something done." (source)
  16. BROWN: So, the men, he's sucking up to, but the women, he says, they should kowtow to me and how come they're not doing it? (source)
  17. They were already prepared to release those two idiots as soon as they could get even a symbolic kowtow from the imperialists. (source)
  18. Why do we kowtow to the supposed intention of the holy Framers when they were experimenting with a new for of government radically different. (source)
  19. Yet when the interests of foreign businesses coincide with the interests of the Chinese people, the kowtow may not be the only corporate option. (source)
  20. And I hope the justice system does not kowtow to this because it sends a horrific message that someone who pleads guilty - let ` s not forget that. (source)
  21. As most Americans see it, their government is not asking other nations to "kowtow" - but rather to enter into a security partnership to avert terror attacks. (source)
  22. The Democrats are trying to place Republicans in a bind by giving them a false choice: They can "kowtow" to Limbaugh, or they can denounce him as outside the ... (source)
  23. His ascension to the presidency came in a surprise 2002 election win on a campaign pledge not to "kowtow" to the United States, one that resonated with young voters. (source)
  24. He said some parts of the security programme were "completely redundant" and that the UK should not "kowtow" to the Americans every time the US wanted something done. (source)
  25. And so Mr. Mack was forced to kowtow in Beijing in the centuries-old tradition of the errant provincial mandarin for having transgressed -- but the resentment lingered. (source)
  26. Referring to Pakistan's spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI, the official said, "The ISI and the Pakistani military do not ever want to kowtow to the Indians." (source)
  27. Page views per day reached over 10,000 during the Qingming festival, when Chinese families traditionally visit their relatives 'gravesites and practice rituals such as kowtow and money offering. (source)
  28. South African legal experts despaired that lawmakers displayed an excessive willingness to kowtow to Fifa, for instance in making unauthorised marketing a criminal offence as opposed to a civil one. (source)
  29. Those who voted for Ahmadinejad were voting to continue the sort of belligerent posture to the world sawing we're glad that Ahmadinejad stood up to the world and the U.S. and didn't force us to kowtow. (source)
  30. I mean, even four years ago, you saw that he, you know, got a lot of positive coverage, but I think it's not just about the fact that he, you know, doesn't just kowtow to the conservative establishment. (source)
  31. Yueyue's parents were photographed meeting the woman, bowing down in a ritual 'kowtow' - a public expression of gratitude that she had stopped to help their daughter when so many others had walked on by. (source)
  32. "It's a very important part of this equation that a few survivors exist in this peculiar relationship with government, having to kowtow to government, make relationships with regulators," says Mr. Singer. (source)
  33. One administration after another, for some reason -- I can ` t tell you why, because it ` s not rational -- they think that we have to kowtow to Mexico even to the extent of bringing our sovereignty to theirs. (source)
  34. Would they kowtow to the demand that they terminate any activities related to the research or development of nuclear weapons which, of course, both Israel and the U.S. possess -- or lash out in violent reprisal? (source)
  35. This obsession denigrated into a blatant kowtow when the Department of State acquiesced to Tehran's main demand of blacklisting the regime's arch nemesis, the MEK, in a foolhardy attempt to extract concessions from the mullahs. (source)
  36. It's too early to say what lasting impression this administration will leave: a weaker America ready to kowtow to rogues and autocrats, or a strong power committed to finishing the job in Afghanistan, Iraq and maybe one day Iran? (source)
  37. We watch the Republicans kowtow to the most extreme elements of their party while progressives are held at arm's length for such radical notions as opposing the Iraq war and wanting Wall Street held accountable for plunging our economy into chaos. (source)
  38. To kowtow to Europe's EADS and their mostly Republican U.S. allies for the wrong reasons would only hurt the U.S. economy and encourage the scandalous conduct that's been occurring on both sides of the nearly decade-long EADS rivalry with Boeing over tanker contracts. (source)
  39. Far from a new era of global rebalancing, the latest People's Bank of China statement is better understood as a well-timed kowtow to relieve the political pressure on President Hu Jintao to "do something" about the Chinese currency prior to his arrival in Toronto Saturday. (source)
  40. But to then kowtow after this comment by Bobby Rush I think it would make it more politically damaging to allow Burris, even though he's a perfectly good guy, I wouldn't have minded if someone else had nominated him, but I think now what he needs to do is to look for another African-American to be nominated by a legitimate governor of Illinois. (source)
  41. While that could be seen as his own political Declaration of Independence, his recent veto of a bill that forces women seeking abortions to first view an ultrasound and requires doctors to describe the fetus shows that partisan independence reveals the true Crist - an ideologically moderate politician who was forced to kowtow to the right wing of his party to win elections. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 54.0, which suggests that "kowtow" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.


We have 20 synonyms for kowtow.

bow, brownnose, cave in, court, cower, cringe, fawn, flatter, fold, genuflect, give in, go along with, kneel, knuckle under, lie down and roll over, pander, prostrate, say uncle, stoop, toe the mark


We have 2 antonyms for kowtow.

ignore, straighten


Pronunciation: (kou-touˈ, kouˈtouˌ)

Syllabification: kow-tow


View up to 25 definitions of kowtow from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (verb-intransitive) To kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in expression of deep respect, worship, or submission, as formerly done in China.
  2. (verb-intransitive) To show servile deference. See Synonyms at fawn1.
  3. (noun) The act of kneeling and touching the forehead to the ground.
  4. (noun) An obsequious act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (verb) To kneel and bow low enough to touch one’s forehead to the ground.
  2. (verb) To bow very deeply.
  3. (verb) To act in a very submissive manner.
  4. (noun) The act of kowtowing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) The prostration made by mandarins and others to their superiors, either as homage or worship, by knocking the forehead on the ground; same as kotow. There are degrees in the rite, the highest being expressed by three knockings.
  2. (verb-intransitive) To perform the kowtow. Same as kotow

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
  2. (verb) try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
  3. (verb) bend the knees and bow in a servile manner