|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|
|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|
|Related terms:||bow fawn|