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Kowtow - The deepest bow

kòu tóu
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叩頭 is the term that seems to be known worldwide as kowtow.

In Japanese and Chinese, it simply means a deep bow, especially one so low that one's head touches the ground in submission. However, in western culture, it has sometimes come to mean "giving in" or "surrendering to someone else's will". Sometimes even said of a person who stoops to flattery at the expense of their own dignity.

I don't know if you would really want this on a wall scroll but enough people have searched for this term on our website, that I guess it was time to add it. It just feels strange to see such a word on a wall scroll, so please order with caution. 叩頭 is antiquated in both Japanese and Chinese. The act is seldom done anymore and seen as an ancient ritual of sorts.

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Kowtow - The deepest bow叩頭
koutou / kotokòu tóu / kou4 tou2 / kou tou / koutouk`ou t`ou / koutou / kou tou
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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Simple Dictionary Definition

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 rei / re
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(1) (See お礼・1) thanks; gratitude; (2) manners; etiquette; (3) bow; (4) reward; gift; (5) ceremony; ritual; (personal name) Reiji

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 tomi; ton; toni
    とみ; とん; とに
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to stop; to pause; to arrange; to lay out; to kowtow; to stamp (one's foot); at once; classifier for meals, beatings, scoldings etc: time, bout, spell, meal
(n,adj-nari) (1) (archaism) (See 頓に・とみに,頓と・とんと・1) sudden; abrupt; unexpected; (n,adj-nari) (2) (とん only) (archaism) stupid; foolish; (3) (とん only) {Buddh} attaining enlightenment in one effort (without ascetic practices, etc.); (surname) Tomi
To fall headlong, prostrate; at one time, at once; suddenly; immediate; a pause; to stamp; make ready; used chiefly in contrast with 漸 gradually.



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kòu tóu
    kou4 tou2
k`ou t`ou
    kou tou
 koutou / koto
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to kowtow (traditional greeting, esp. to a superior, involving kneeling and pressing one's forehead to the ground); also written 磕頭|磕头[ke1 tou2]
(noun/participle) kowtow (bow made from a kneeling position wherein the forehead touches the ground)

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to bow; to salute

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to knock; to kowtow
(surname) Tataki

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 yumi(p); yu; kyuu / yumi(p); yu; kyu
    ゆみ(P); ゆ; きゅう
a bow (weapon); CL:張|张[zhang1]; to bend; to arch (one's back etc)
(1) (ゆ is usu. a prefix) bow (weapon); (2) (ゆみ only) archery; (3) (ゆみ only) bow (for a violin, etc.); (surname, female given name) Yumi
Dhanus. A bow; a bow's length, i. e. the 4, 000th part of a yojana. Seven grains of wheat 麥 make 1 finger-joint 指節; 24 finger-joints make 1 elbow or cubit 肘; 4 cubits make 1 bow; or 1 foot 5 inches make 1 elbow or cubit: 4 cubits make 1 bow; 300 bows make 1 li; but the measures are variously given.

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to draw (e.g. a bow); to pull; to stretch something; to extend; to lengthen; to involve or implicate in; to attract; to lead; to guide; to leave; to provide evidence or justification for; old unit of distance equal to 10 丈[zhang4], one-thirtieth of a km or 33.33 meters
(surname) Hiki
To stretch, draw, lead, bring in or on.

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to unstring a bow; to slacken; to relax; to loosen

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the part of a bow grasped when shooting

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bow case; to cover

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handle of bow

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carved bow

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bow string; string of musical instrument; watchspring; chord (segment of curve); hypotenuse; CL:根[gen1]
(1) bowstring; (2) (See 絃) string (of a shamisen, etc.); stringed instrument; (3) {math} chord; (4) (obscure) {math} (See 斜辺・しゃへん) hypotenuse; (female given name) Yuzuru

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unbent bow

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(See 石弓・いしゆみ・1) crossbow; (surname) Do
Crossbow, bow; crossbow

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(of a bow) impactful; powerful

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to stop; repress
(1) (kana only) expectation that something took place, will take place or was in some state; it should be so; bound to be; expected to be; must be; (2) nock (of a bow); (3) nock (of an arrow); (4) (sumo) nock-shaped grip (between thumb and forefinger); (5) wooden frame on the tip of the mast of a Japanese ship that prevents the hawser from falling out
Stop, put down; stop

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ends of a bow

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to draw a bow to the full; the range of a bow and arrow; old variant of 夠|够[gou4], enough


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nock at end of bow; stretch

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to pull; to draw (a cart or a bow); to roll up; to coil; to carry on the arm; to lament the dead; (fig.) to pull against; to recover
(surname) Hiki

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to greet by raising clasped hands
(surname) Ibi
to bow with hands clasped; to bow with hands clasped

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oar; stand for correcting a bow

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(1) long-handled Chinese spear; lance; pike; (2) weapon; arms; (3) grip of a bow

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 azusa; shi; azusa
    あずさ; し; アズサ
Catalpa kaempferi; printing blocks
(1) (あずさ, アズサ only) (kana only) (See 夜糞峰榛) Japanese cherry birch (Betula grossa); (2) (あずさ, アズサ only) (See キササゲ) yellow catalpa (Catalpa ovata); (3) (あずさ, アズサ only) (See 赤芽柏・1) Japanese mallotus (Mallotus japonicus); (4) printing block; (5) (あずさ only) (abbreviation) (See 梓弓) catalpa bow; (6) (あずさ only) (abbreviation) (See 梓巫女) catalpa medium; (surname) Shin

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gun; firearm; rifle; spear; thing with shape or function similar to a gun; CL:支[zhi1],把[ba3],桿|杆[gan3],條|条[tiao2],枝[zhi1]; to substitute for another person in a test; to knock; classifier for rifle shots
(1) spear; lance; (2) javelin; (3) (shogi) lance; (4) (archaism) jeering; (1) long-handled Chinese spear; lance; pike; (2) weapon; arms; (3) grip of a bow; (surname) Yari

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deficient; to owe; to lack; yawn
lack; deficiency; vacancy; (1) (kana only) yawn; yawning (and stretching); (2) kanji "yawning" radical (radical 76); (place-name) Kake
To owe: debt; deficient; to bend, bow, yawn, etc.; the Sanskrit sign अ said to imply 大空不可得 space, great and unattainable or immeasurable.

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cove; bay; a bend or nook in the hills; the curve of a bow

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spear; lance; pike
(1) long-handled Chinese spear; lance; pike; (2) weapon; arms; (3) grip of a bow

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to bow to the ground
(personal name) Horidome
Investigate; delay; to prostrate oneself; think

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