- to crouch, as in fear or shame.
Origin of cower
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Examples from the Web for cower
Durbin has spoken out fearlessly against the NRA while so many of his colleagues in Congress cower.Brooklyn Shooting Hits Close to Bill de Blasio’s Park Slope Home
July 1, 2014
Camus did not cower from the depressing implications of his insight.New Year’s Reading List: Books to Transform Your Sad Life
January 1, 2014
Either we have the means to intimidate them or we have to cower in fear.Bibi Gun
September 14, 2012
The Iranians are not going to just cower in the corner because we talk and act tough.The Neocons Are Coming!
Leslie H. Gelb
October 19, 2011
But if the Twilight series has taught us anything, it is this: Do not cower in the face of freakishness!The Future of Twilight
July 1, 2010
The result was a sharp peck on the end of his nose that made him cower down and ki-yi.White Fang
Just then a shot was fired in the kitchen, which made us jump and cower as if at a thunder-clap.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
She did not cower back and demand that the oracle be served up to her by a messenger.
This is proud oppression's hour; Storms are round us; shall we cower?The Liberty Minstrel
George W. Clark
Gray Wolf did not cower, nor did his staunch heart fail him.Followers of the Trail
- (intr) to crouch or cringe, as in fear
Word Origin and History for cower
c.1300, probably from Middle Low German *kuren "lie in wait" (Modern German kauern), or similar Scandinavian words meaning "to squat" and "to doze" (e.g. Old Norse kura, Danish, Norwegian kure, Swedish kura). Thus unrelated to coward. Related: Cowered; cowering.