1. [ verb ] tray to gain favor by cringing or flattering
Synonyms: toady truckle bootlick kotow suck_up fawn

"He is always kowtowing to his boss"

Related terms: flatter court_favor truckling apple_polisher sycophant
2. [ verb ] bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
Synonyms: genuflect scrape
Related terms: bow genuflection scrape
3. [ noun ] (Chinese) a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
Synonyms: kotow
Related terms: bow fawn
Similar spelling:   kotow