verb (used without object)
Origin of cower
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|Michael Daly|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Camus did not cower from the depressing implications of his insight.New Year’s Reading List: Books to Transform Your Sad Life|David Masciotra|January 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Either we have the means to intimidate them or we have to cower in fear.
The Iranians are not going to just cower in the corner because we talk and act tough.
But if the Twilight series has taught us anything, it is this: Do not cower in the face of freakishness!
Inside the pit the men could only cower low in the hope that the hurricane of missiles would pass over their heads.The Tree of Appomattox|Joseph A. Altsheler
The garrison of the castle were obliged to cower down against the walls, if they would avoid abandoning the works.Annals of a Fortress|E. Viollet-le-Duc
The Abbot seemed to cower beneath the weight of these sad, earnest words, and for a little while there was silence.The Lady Of Blossholme|H. Rider Haggard
They tremble and cower when the footstep of the hunter with the beard on his chin is heard on the heath.The Memories of Fifty Years|William H. Sparks
Shall we, men who followed Red Jabez through a sea of blood, cower to a woman of such soft mettle?The Pirate Woman|Aylward Edward Dingle
British Dictionary definitions for cower
Word Origin for cower
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.