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 in a sentence
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
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Definition of cower for Students
: to shrink away or crouch down shivering (as from fear) <The thunder made our dog cower.>
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