Synonyms of kowtow in English:


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1‘they kowtow to her in awe and reverence’


prostrate oneself, bow, bow down before, genuflect, do obeisance, make obeisance, fall on one's knees before, get down on one's knees before, kneel before

salaam, throw oneself at someone's feet, fall down before someone, curtsy, bow and scrape

pay homage, show reverence, show deference, humble oneself before someone, worship

2‘she didn't have to kowtow to a boss’


grovel, behave obsequiously, be obsequious, be servile, be sycophantic, fawn on, bow and scrape, toady, truckle, abase oneself, humble oneself, prostrate oneself

curry favour with, flatter, court, woo, dance attendance on, make up to, play up to, ingratiate oneself with

informal crawl, creep, suck up to, brown-nose, butter up, be all over, fall all over, lick someone's boots

NZ Australian informal smoodge to

archaic blandish