An example of cower is when you are terrified of dogs and hide behind your friend when a dog comes bounding towards you.
Origin of cower
- Middle English couren of Scandinavian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle Low German kuren or from Scandinavian (Icelandic kúra (“to doze”)). Compare German kauern (“to squat”). Unrelated to coward, which is of Latin origin.