[ kou-er ]
See synonyms for: cowercoweredcowering on

verb (used without object)
  1. to crouch, as in fear or shame.

Origin of cower

1250–1300; Middle English couren; cognate with Norwegian, Swedish kūra,Middle Low German kūren,German kauern

Other words for cower

Other words from cower

  • cow·er·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cower in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cower


/ (ˈkaʊə) /

  1. (intr) to crouch or cringe, as in fear

Origin of cower

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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