verb (used without object)
Origin of cower
Synonyms for cower
Related Words for coweredskulk, crouch, cringe, flinch, recoil, wince, tremble, fawn, kowtow, sneak, grovel, honey, blench, bootlick, toady, quail, shrink, truckle, apple-polish
Examples from the Web for cowered
Contemporary Examples of cowered
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.Will Fawzia Koofi Be Afghanistan's First Female President?
January 6, 2012
Historical Examples of cowered
If ever one cowered visibly in this world, Hamish Channing did then.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Jonas shrunk from looking at him, and cowered down into the chair by which he had held.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Sim cowered in a corner of the box, with his lank fingers in his long hair.The Shadow of a Crime
He glared at Nat Burns, who cowered silent and miserable in his corner.The Harbor of Doubt
She turned on him, silent, a moment: he cowered and evaded her eyes.
Word Origin 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.