To cower is defined as to duck down, crouch or hide in fear.(verb)
An example of cower is when you are terrified of dogs and hide behind your friend when a dog comes bounding towards you.
See cower in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME couren, prob. < ON base seen in Dan kūre, Sw kura, to squat; akin to Ger kauern < IE base *geu-, to curve, bend > cod, chicken
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intransitive verb cow·ered, cow·er·ing, cow·ers
Origin: Middle English couren
Origin: , of Scandinavian origin.
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