verb (used without object)
- cowden's disease,
- cowell, henry dixon,
Origin of cower
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|Andrew Romano|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The officers warned my cowering Oma (grandma) what might await the cousin if she ever did return.
The man who appears resolute and forceful in public is, behind closed doors, cowering in fear.
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'|Ali Gharib|May 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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.
Hervey, cowering in the chair, thus met with an antagonist against whom he had no armor.The Green Mummy|Fergus Hume
He was standing over her now, and she was cowering before him, her shaking hands rising as though to ward off his eyes.The Ward of King Canute|Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
Filling his cupped hands with water, he sent up shower after shower of mimic rain between them and the miserable, cowering beast.Strange Stories of the Great River|Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
They bend their necks, cowering before the fierce glow, but daring it, and prepared to face it at even closer range.Back Home|Eugene Wood
Crash after crash sent them cowering under the covers of their beds.Ethel Morton at Rose House|Mabell S. C. Smith
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.