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kowtow - Dictionary definition and meaning for word kowtow

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

(verb) bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
Synonyms : genuflect , scrape

(verb) try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
Synonyms : bootlick , fawn , kotow , suck up , toady , truckle
Example Sentence
  • He is always kowtowing to his boss

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for kowtow

Sounds like kow -> go tow -> toe. Kowtow is "go toe" and hence go and touch others toe
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