Definition of cower in English:



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  • Crouch down in fear.

    ‘children cowered in terror as the shoot-out erupted’
    • ‘Ashley screamed with a look so threatening that the devil himself would have cowered in fear.’
    • ‘She tried to be strong, to draw courage unto herself, but it failed her and she cowered in fear.’
    • ‘So brave, he was afraid of nothing, and yet, here he was, cowering with fear.’
    • ‘Phoenix screamed at her parents, who were now cowering in fear at their daughter standing before them.’
    • ‘It is not we who should cower in fear; it is they who should run for their lives.’
    • ‘Can't decide whether to crouch and cower while I await the apocalypse or run determinedly into it.’
    • ‘How could a town live between those huge monstrous creatures without cowering in fear?’
    • ‘He cowered in a hedge fearing she would return to run him over, the Feilding High Court was told.’
    • ‘Maybe the rest of the city is quivering in terror, cowering at home, hiding with unconquerable fear?’
    • ‘The woman inside sat half out of a sleeping bag, cowering in fear and confusion.’
    • ‘Joel yelled, making Lacey cower in fear of his sudden burst of anger.’
    • ‘One cowered in fear, while the other looked down in loathing.’
    • ‘When it hissed, the very heavens shook, and when it growled, the earth cowered in fear.’
    • ‘So now I have stacks and racks of digital video tape and I cower in fear of the editing process.’
    • ‘He stepped closer as she cowered in fear and a beam of moonlight illuminated his face.’
    • ‘She could be sucked down the drain and the world would have one less evil dictator to cower in fear from.’
    • ‘They cower in fear and are thus powerless, because somebody who feels fear is easily controlled, intimidated and subjugated.’
    • ‘She was now cowering in fear as it began to charge at her with all of its strength.’
    • ‘Now I am one of those parents, the one who makes the principal cower in fear as she walks through the door.’
    • ‘The courtier sat in the corner cowering in fear as a hooded figure with an axe stepped closer.’
    cringe, shrink, crouch, recoil, flinch, pull back, back away, draw back, shudder, shiver, tremble, shake, quake, grovel, blench, blanch, quail
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Middle English: from Middle Low German kūren ‘lie in wait’, of unknown ultimate origin.