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cower

[ kou-er ]
/ ˈkaʊ ər /
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verb (used without object)

to crouch, as in fear or shame.

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Origin of cower

1250–1300; Middle English couren; cognate with Norwegian, Swedish kūra,Middle Low German kūren,German kauern
cow·er·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cower

cower
/ (ˈkaʊə) /

verb

(intr) to crouch or cringe, as in fear
C13: from Middle Low German kūren to lie in wait; related to Swedish kura to lie in wait, Danish kure to squat
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