- to crouch, as in fear or shame.
Origin of cower
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Examples from the Web for cowering
Samwell Tarly starts the episode his same old pining, cowering self.Game of Thrones’ 'The Watchers on the Wall': The Battle of Castle Black Is One For the Ages
June 9, 2014
The officers warned my cowering Oma (grandma) what might await the cousin if she ever did return.Survived Hitler, Returned to Germany
May 25, 2014
The man who appears resolute and forceful in public is, behind closed doors, cowering in fear.Searching Hard for Mugabe’s Conscience
January 19, 2014
In the incident, 12-year-old Muhammad Al-Dura was reportedly shot and killed by Israeli forces while cowering behind his father.Press Advocates: Israeli Report On Al-Dura Affair 'Absurd and Unacceptable'
May 23, 2013
Split up into ones and twos, they are easy targets for the shooters, who find it easy to pick off cowering people one by one.Can Collective Action Stop Mass Shooters?
December 18, 2012
"Put him out," said Katrina, with a glance of disdain at the cowering man.City of Endless Night
They would be cowering there, probably in darkness, not knowing what was going on.In the Orbit of Saturn
Roman Frederick Starzl
He was gesticulating wildly, and Rathburn could see that the girl was cowering.The Coyote
Clinton's paroxysm was over, and sinking to the floor he lay there shivering and cowering.A Master of Mysteries
L. T. Meade
The woman, cowering against the door, covered her ears, and groaned.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
- (intr) to crouch or cringe, as in fear
Word Origin and History for cowering
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.