Dictionary Results for kowtow

1. kowtow - noun

· a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission

Synonym(s): kotow

Hypernym(s): bow, bowing, obeisance

2. kowtow - verb

· bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

Synonym(s): scrape, genuflect

Hypernym(s): bow

3. kowtow - verb

· try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"

Synonym(s): fawn, toady, truckle, bootlick, kotow, suck_up

Hypernym(s): flatter, blandish

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