how to pronounce kowtow


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kowtow is pronounced in two syllables

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meanings of kowtow


  1. To kneel and bow low enough to touch one's forehead to the ground.
  2. To grovel, act in a very submissive manner.
  3. To bow very deeply.


  1. The act of kowtowing.

kowtow frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word kowtow occurs in english on average 0.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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