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Kowtow - The deepest bow

kòu tóu
koutou
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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
叩头
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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 rei / re / れい
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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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dùn / dun4
tun
 tomi / とみ
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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
(adj-na,adv) (kana only) nothing but; earnest; intent; determined; set on (something); (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.

ボー

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 boo / ボー
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(1) bow; (2) baud; (place-name) Bo (Siera Leone); Baugh; Beaux

叩頭


叩头

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kòu tóu / kou4 tou2
k`ou t`ou / kou tou
 koutou / koto / こうとう
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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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gōng / gong1
kung
to bow; to salute

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kòu / kou4
k`ou / kou
 tataki / たたき
to knock; to kowtow
(surname) Tataki

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gōng / gong1
kung
 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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yǐn / yin3
yin
 in / ひき
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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chí / chi2
ch`ih / chih
to unstring a bow; to slacken; to relax; to loosen

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/ ba4
pa
the part of a bow grasped when shooting

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tāo / tao1
t`ao / tao
bow case; to cover

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/ fu3
fu
handle of bow

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/ di3
ti
carved bow

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xián / xian2
hsien
 gen / げん
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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chāo / chao1
ch`ao / chao
unbent bow

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/ nu3
nu
 nu / ど
crossbow
(1) crossbow (incl. large models operated by a number of people); (2) netted apparatus atop a wall containing large stones, which were dropped onto attackers by cutting the net; (3) slingshot; catapult; (surname) Do
Crossbow, bow; crossbow

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zhěn / zhen3
chen
(of a bow) impactful; powerful

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/ mi3
mi
 mi / はず
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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shāo / shao1
shao
ends of a bow

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


𫸩

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kōu / kou1
k`ou / kou
nock at end of bow; stretch

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wǎn / wan3
wan
 hiki / ひき
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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/ yi4
i
oar; stand for correcting a bow

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

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/ zi3
tzu
 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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qiāng / qiang1
ch`iang / chiang
 yari / やり
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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qiàn / qian4
ch`ien / chien
 ketsu / かけ
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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wēi / wei1
wei
cove; bay; a bend or nook in the hills; the curve of a bow

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máo / mao2
mao
 hoko / ほこ
spear; lance; pike
(1) long-handled Chinese spear; lance; pike; (2) weapon; arms; (3) grip of a bow

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/ qi3
ch`i / chi
 kei / ほりどめ
to bow to the ground
(personal name) Horidome
Investigate; delay; to prostrate oneself; think

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