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
During this American history class there ... was a video [shown] of back in slavery time when the KKK ... would come into homes and kick the doors in and drag out the men, and the women just kind of cower in a corner and cry. ...
About 250 people cowered inside nearby buildings at the Pittsburgh Zoo until the 150-pound female gorilla was finally lured into a women’s restroom and injected with a tranquilizer.
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Origin and Etymology of cower
Middle English couren, probably from Middle Low German kūren
First Known Use: 14th century
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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