For over an hour a gun battle raged between them and my guards as I cowered inside my car, not knowing if I would live or die.
Deeper and deeper it grew till the Gods in heaven grew afraid and cowered in the highest corner of heaven.
She cowered under the bedclothes, she told me, expecting him to strike her.
The nervous father clenched the railing in a daze, and cowered before the ministerial heckling.
Again I cowered behind the crowd, and her glance was carried onward.
And forthwith he drew the blade from his girdle and sprang forward at Birdalone; and she cowered and cringed, but moved not else.
Ormsby had cowered back to the opposite wall, covering his face.
Grey Beaver clouted White Fang alongside the head, so that he cowered down close to the earth in respectful obedience.
For a few moments she cowered in the shadow, and then looked anxiously about.
He cowered miserably before the Happy Family, his face hidden behind his two hands.
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.