kotow definition

  • noun:
    • alternate spelling of kowtow.
    • The prostration produced by mandarins and others with their superiors, either as homage or worship, by knocking the forehead on the floor; a kowtow. You can find levels in the rite, the greatest being expressed by three knockings.
    • A knocking associated with the forehead on a lawn while kneeling, as an act of homage, reverence, worship, value, etc.
    • a former Chinese custom of pressing the ground because of the forehead as an indication of respect or distribution
  • verb:
    • alternate spelling of kowtow.
    • make an effort to gain favor by cringing or complementing
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to do the kotow. Now generally spelled kowtow.
  • others:
    • To knock the forehead on the floor while kneeling, as an act of reverence, worship, apology, etc.; do the kotow; therefore, to fawn or be obsequious; cringe.

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