Definition of cower
- They all cowered silently in their places, seeming to know in advance that some terrible thing was about to happen.
- —George Orwell
They cowered at the sight of the gun.
She was cowering in the closet.
I cowered behind the door.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to move back or bend your body down because you are afraid
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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