From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) .
(wikipedia cow )
A female domesticated ox or other bovine, especially an adult after she has had a calf.
More generally, any domestic bovine regardless of sex or age.
The meat of such animals as food (more commonly called beef).
The female of larger species of mammal, including bovines, moose, whales, seals, hippos, rhinos, manatees, and elephants.
(derogatory, informal) A woman who is considered despicable in some way, especially one considered to be fat, lazy, ugly, argumentative, mean or spiteful.
(informal) Anything that is annoyingly difficult, awkward or graceless.
(en-noun) (see usage notes)
(informal) A conniption fit or hissy fit; a state of agitation .
(mining) A wedge or brake to stop a machine or car; a chock.
- That website is a real cow to navigate.
The plural cows is the normal plural for multiple individuals, while cattle is used in a more collective sense. The umlaut plurals ky, kye and kine are archaic and no longer in common use.
* bastard, bitch, bugger (UK)
* (female domesticated ox or other bovine) bull
* (meat) chicken, pig, pork, goat, lamb, mutton
(terms derived from “cow”)
* cow catcher, cowcatcher
* cow corner
* cowmilk, cow milk
* cow shot
* cow tipping
* cash cow
* have a cow
* holy cow
* sacred cow
Probably from (etyl) .
(en verb )
To intimidate; to daunt the spirits or courage of.
- Con artists are not cowed by the law.
- To vanquish a people already cowed .
(en noun )
(UK, dialect) A chimney cowl.
* 1836 , Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers ?
- Who could live to gaze from day to day on bricks and slates, who had once felt the influence of a scene like this? Who could continue to exist, where there are no cows but the cows on the chimneypots; nothing redolent of Pan but pan-tiles;
English from 14thC, Scottish from 19thC. From (etyl) . See suck.
(en verb )
* 1832 , Scottish proverbs, collected and arranged by A. Henderson ,
* 1864 , William Duncan Latto: Tammas Bodkin: Or, the Humours of a Scottish Tailor ,
- Ae hour?s cauld will sook out seven years? heat.
* 1903 , John Stevenson: Pat M?Carty, Farmer, of Antrim: His Rhymes, with a Setting ,
- Tibbie an’ Andro bein’ at that moment in the act o’ whirlin’ roond us were sooked into the vortex an’ upset likewise, so that here were haill four o’s sprawlin’ i’ the floor at ance.
- You pursed your mooth in shape like O,
- And sook?d the air in, might and main
Probably from (suck). Compare sukey (attested 1838), Sucky (1844), Suke (1850); sook from 1906.
(en noun )
(Scotland, rare) Familiar name for a calf.
Familiar name for a cow.
(Newfoundland) A cow or sheep.
(Australia, New Zealand) A poddy calf.
(US, Eastern Shore of Maryland) A female Chesapeake Bay blue crab.
* (poddy calf) sookie (diminutive)
(en interjection )
(Scotland) A call for calves.
* 1919 , , A Sample Case of Humor ,
* 1947 , , Adventures of a Ballad Hunter ,
- Mother actually turned her back on that sheep and began dabbling her hand in the milk, saying, “Sook‘, calfy, ‘ sook , calfy!” seductively while the calf gave her the evil eue and walked backward.
*:: “Sook‘ calf, ”’sook”’ calf, ‘ sook calfie,
*:: Sook‘ calf, ‘ sook calf!”
A call for cattle.
(Newfoundland) A call for cattle or sheep.
- “You get outside the cowlot gate and start calling like this:
* (call) sook cow,sookie, sookow, sukow, suck, sucky, suck cow, sukey
Probably from dialectal suck. Compare 19thC British slang . From 1933.
(en noun )
(Australia, Atlantic Canada, New Zealand, slang, derogatory) A crybaby, a complainer, a whinger; a shy or timid person, a wimp; a coward.
* 2006 , ,
- Don?t be such a sook .
* 2007 , Jan Teagle Kapetas, Lubra Lips, Lubra Lips: Reflections on my Face”, Maureen Perkins (editor), ”Visibly Different: Face, Place and Race in Australia ,
- You must think I?m a sook , hey? Here I am complaining about my dad?s job and my curfew and your dad cheated on your mum. You put things into perspective for me.
- ‘What a sook ! Look at her cry!’
* 2008 , Kieran Kelly, Aspiring: Mountain climbing is no cure for middle age , Pan MacMillan Australia,
- ‘Yeah, look at the Abo cry!’
(Australia, Atlantic Canada, New Zealand, slang) A sulk or complaint; an act of sulking.
- Only sooks ask guides how far there is to go.
* 2002 , June Duncan Owen, Mixed Matches: Interracial Marriage in Australia , University of New South Wales Press,
- I was so upset that I went home and had a sook about it.
- ‘Have a sook‘! Have a ‘ sook !’, they?d all yell. But that time I didn?t go outside to cry.
* (timid person) scaredy-cat, sissy
* sookey (adjective)
* sooky (adjective)
* sooky la-la
From (etyl) . From 1926. See (souq).
(en noun )
* 1964 , Qantas Airways, Qantas Airways Australia , Volumes 30-31,
- Against these riches you may buy a cup of the bitter, herbed black final coffee from a street vendor for ten piasters — about 1½d. — and step through an arch into the next sook devoted to cheap shoes and vegetables and as full of the turbaned poor as an Arabian Nights reality.
Origin unknown. From (Chesapeake Bay), attested as early as 1948.
(en noun )
The mature female blue crab, .
*1948 , John Cleary Pearson, Fluctuations in the Abundance of the Blue Crab in Chesapeake Bay , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, page
- “The life cycle of the crab in the bay causes a preponderance of adult males (jimmy crabs) to occur in the waters of the upper bay while conversely a concentration of adult females (sook crabs) occurs in the more saline waters near the mouth of the bay (table 2).”