Definition of cower
: 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
They cowered at the sight of the gun.
She was cowering in the closet.
I cowered behind the door.
Recent Examples of cower from the Web
Traffic police who once cowered at home for fear of assassination are stationed once again at intersections, wearing their summer white uniforms.
In Jurassic Park, when the dinosaurs escaped their pens, humans became frail prey, cowering in toilets, whispering prayers under trucks.
But, as cats often are in new environments, Ruby was terrified and spent the first few days cowering in a corner.
The violence unfolded near the home of Kathy Peterson, who heard screams and pounding at her front door and opened it to find a hysterical woman and three young girls cowering, one of the girls covered in blood.
Khan had told Londoners that terrorists cannot be allowed to win, and that the city would not cower.
SANDY, Utah (AP) — After hearing screams and pounding at her front door, Kathy Peterson found a hysterical woman and three young girls cowering, one of the girls covered in blood.
On each side, fearful rodeo clowns cower, while on the backside a silly chicken flaps its wings.
This push favors docile coyotes — the kind that could coexist with dogwalkers on greenways — and is rooted in new federal research that compares cowering coyote behavior in rural habitat with extreme boldness among those in metro Denver.
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Origin and Etymology of cower
Middle English couren, probably from Middle Low German kūren
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of cower
COWER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cower for English Language Learners
: to move back or bend your body down because you are afraid
COWER Defined for Kids
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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