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.
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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