- To cower is defined as to duck down, crouch or hide in fear.
An example of cower is when you are terrified of dogs and hide behind your friend when a dog comes bounding towards you.
A woman cowers under her collar.
cower definition by Webster's New World
- to crouch or huddle up, as from fear or cold
- to shrink and tremble, as from someone's anger, threats, or blows; cringe
Origin: Middle English couren, probably ; from Old Norse base seen in Danish kūre, Sw kura, to squat; akin to German kauern ; from Indo-European base an unverified form geu-, to curve, bend from source cod, chicken
cower definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb cow·ered, cow·er·ing, cow·ers
Origin: Middle English couren, of Scandinavian origin.