Definition of "kowtowing" []

  • To touch the forehead to the ground as a sign of deference: a former Chinese custom (verb)
  • To be servile or obsequious (towards) (verb)
  • The act of kowtowing (noun)
  • Present participle of kowtow. (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

  • The act of one who kowtows; a submissive bow. (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "kowtowing" in a sentence
  • "Mr. Roh had accused his predecessors of what he called "kowtowing" to Washington and championed a diplomacy less dependent on South Korea's traditional ally."
  • "But everything is being put at risk by once again kowtowing to the gods of financial orthodoxy."
  • "Speaking at the Aiport Operators Association conference in London on Friday, Broughton blasted this country for "completely redundant" security measures and said the Brits ought to stop "kowtowing" to requests for things such as the removal of passengers 'shoes, the Financial Times reported."