cower

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verb cow·er \ˈkau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of cower

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to shrink away or crouch especially for shelter from something that menaces, domineers, or dismays They all cowered silently in their places, seeming to know in advance that some terrible thing was about to happen. — George Orwell

Examples of cower in a Sentence

  1. They cowered at the sight of the gun.

  2. She was cowering in the closet.

  3. I cowered behind the door.

Origin and Etymology of cower

Middle English couren, probably from Middle Low German kūren


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of cower

fawn, toady, truckle, cringe, cower mean to behave abjectly before a superior. fawn implies seeking favor by servile flattery or exaggerated attention. waiters fawning over a celebrity toady suggests the attempt to ingratiate oneself by an abjectly menial or subservient attitude. toadying to his boss truckle implies the subordination of oneself and one's desires or judgment to those of a superior. truckling to a powerful lobbyist cringe suggests a bowing or shrinking in fear or servility. a cringing sycophant cower suggests a display of abject fear in the company of threatening or domineering people. cowering before a bully

COWER Defined for English Language Learners

cower

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verb cow·er \ˈkau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of cower for English Language Learners

  • : to move back or bend your body down because you are afraid


COWER Defined for Kids

cower

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verb cow·er \ˈkau̇-ər\

Definition of cower for Students

cowered

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cowering

  1. :  to shrink away or crouch down shivering (as from fear) The thunder made our dog cower.



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