Simple Definition of cower
: to move back or bend your body down because you are afraid
Full Definition of cower
: to shrink away or crouch especially for shelter from something that menaces, domineers, or dismays
Examples of cower
They cowered at the sight of the gun.
She was cowering in the closet.
I cowered behind the door.
Origin of cower
Middle English couren, probably from Middle Low German kūren
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of cower
COWER Defined for Kids
Definition of cower
: to shrink away or crouch down shivering (as from fear) <The thunder made our dog cower.>
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