The first syllable is pronounced like the word `cow’ and the second rhymes with `cow’, `how’, and `now’. When you `kowtow’ to someone, you are very eager to please the individual in power. You do whatever he asks you to do. The word is used to show disapproval.
*Poor Indu. All that kowtowing didn’t help her get the promotion. *One thing that I don’t want you to do is to kowtow to those in power.