Definitions for kowtow

Definitions for (noun) kowtow

Main entry: kowtow, kotow

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

Definitions for (verb) kowtow

Main entry: fawn, suck up, toady, truckle, bootlick, kotow, kowtow

Definition: try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

Usage: He is always kowtowing to his boss

Main entry: kowtow, scrape, genuflect

Definition: bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

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