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  • adj. Frightened into submission.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of cow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. frightened into submission or compliance.


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  • Captain Somerville has been begging me to intercede with the Admiralty again; but I have been so rebuffed, that my spirits are gone, and the great Troubridge has what we call cowed the spirits of Nelson; but I shall never forget it.

    The Life of Nelson

  • The sound of her father saying her name cowed her.

    Bulletproof Girl

  • The mention of Gedge's name cowed Reginald in an instant, and in the sudden revulsion of feeling which ensued he was glad enough to escape from the room before fairly breaking down under a crushing sense of injury, mortification, and helplessness.

    Reginald Cruden A Tale of City Life

  • 'Yes -- perhaps I might -- after all the suffering had been forced upon me, and was over at last -- when I had been thoroughly exhausted and cowed, that is.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

  • It also showed that Samir isn't a player to be easily cowed, which is also heartening.


  • "The Third Man" watches from the wings while a "cowed" Mr. Blair considers moving Mr. Brown from the Treasury but balks at the dangers.

    The Heart of Darkness

  • The White House is not going to fire Alan Simpson, the chair of Obama's fiscal commission, for saying Social Security is "a milk cow with 310 million tits," and Paul Krugman says it shows Dems are "cowed" by the right.

    The Morning Plum

  • They served Ware and his guests without a sound, though with no sign of the kind of cowed subservience Xylina had seen in other slaves of their type.

    If I Pay Thee Not In Gold

  • She came out strong in sea scenes and shipwrecks, and on sinking steamers, where she "cowed" the trembling stewards and "dogged" the mutinous sailors in the same fashion that Madeline used to "cow" and "dog" Lord Rip de Viperous.

    The Hohenzollerns in America

  • Dana, perceiving at this point that the subject under discussion was an embarrassing one, and that the interview was likely to be unpleasant, if not stormy, at once took his leave, but the impression made upon his mind by what he saw while present was that Butler had in some measure "cowed" his commanding officer.

    Heroes of the Great Conflict; Life and Services of William Farrar Smith, Major General, United States Volunteer in the Civil War


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