cower [kou′ər]
[ME couren, prob. < ON base seen in Dan kūre, Sw kura, to squat; akin to Ger kauern < IE base * geu-, to curve, bend > COD2, CHICKEN]
1. to crouch or huddle up, as from fear or cold
2. to shrink and tremble, as from someone's anger, threats, or blows; cringe

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  • Cower — Cow er (kou [ e]r), v. t. To cherish with care. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cower — index fear Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • cower — ► VERB ▪ crouch down or shrink back in fear. ORIGIN Low German k ren lie in wait …   English terms dictionary

  • cower — UK [ˈkaʊə(r)] / US [ˈkaʊr] verb [intransitive] Word forms cower : present tense I/you/we/they cower he/she/it cowers present participle cowering past tense cowered past participle cowered to move your body down and away from someone or something… …   English dictionary

  • cower — verb To crouch or cringe in fear. Hed be useless in war. Hed just cower in his bunker until the enemy came in and shot him, or until the war was over …   Wiktionary

  • cower — cow|er [ˈkauə US ər] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Middle Low German; Origin: kuren [i] to lie hidden ] to bend low and move back because you are frightened cower back/against/under etc ▪ He cowered against the wall …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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