Cower meaning

kouər
To cringe in fear.
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To crouch or cringe in fear.

He'd be useless in war. He'd just cower in his bunker until the enemy came in and shot him, or until the war was over.

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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.

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To shrink and tremble, as from someone's anger, threats, or blows; cringe.
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To crouch or huddle up, as from fear or cold.
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(obsolete) To cherish with care.
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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.

    From Wiktionary