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Definition of "cowed" [cowed]

  • Frightened into submission. (adjective)
  • Simple past tense and past participle of cow. (verb)

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Use "cowed" in a sentence
  • "The sound of her father saying her name cowed her."
  • "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 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."