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ˈkaʊ ərcow·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. huddle, cower(verb)

    crouch or curl up

    "They huddled outside in the rain"

  2. fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovel(verb)

    show submission or fear


  1. cower(Verb)

    To crouch or cringe in fear.

    He'd be useless in war. He'd just cower in his bunker until the enemy came in and shot him, or until the war was over.

    Etymology: From kuren or from Scandinavian ( kúra). Compare German kauern. Unrelated to coward, which is of Latin origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cower(verb)

    to stoop by bending the knees; to crouch; to squat; hence, to quail; to sink through fear

    Etymology: [Cf. Icel. kera to doze, liequiet, Sw. kura, Dan. kure, G. kauern to cower, W. cwrian.]

  2. Cower(verb)

    to cherish with care

    Etymology: [Cf. Icel. kera to doze, liequiet, Sw. kura, Dan. kure, G. kauern to cower, W. cwrian.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cower

    kow′er, v.i. to sink down through fear, &c.: to crouch, for protection or in fear.—adv. Cow′eringly. [Cf. Ice. kúra, Dan. kure, to lie quiet.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cower in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cower in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of cower in a Sentence

  1. Pete Meijer:

    It's important to not let the record go uncorrected and to continue to speak the truth, it's something I definitely do at my peril, both politically and otherwise, but I didn't run for office to seek the easy path and I'm certainly not going to cower away from what I think is an important responsibility.

  2. Brad Blakeman:

    This is a militant organization that wants to use this election cycle to be disruptive. It’s wrong and the more Democrats cower to them, the worse it gets.

  3. Elizabeth Warren:

    It comes to you, New Hampshire, to decide, when there's this much fear, when there is this much on the line, do we crouch down, do we cower, do we back up, or do we fight back?

  4. Misty Buswell:

    Families (Save the Children interviewed) spoke of sick babies dying at checkpoints, vets (veterinary surgeons) treating humans, and children forced to eat animal feed as they cower in basements from airstrikes.

  5. Melissa Joan Hart:

    You can’t cower away from certain things, i feel like a lot of people don’t like the controversy. They don’t like to discuss [religion]. They don’t like to debate; I love that stuff. If it wasn't for the fact that my family was under a close scrutiny I would probably want to run for [political office] someday or something. I am always the one at dinner parties where people are like ‘don't talk about religion or politics’ and I’m like ‘can we please talk about religion or politics?’ I love debating and I love hearing other perspectives on everything.

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    • A. alternate
    • B. urban
    • C. blistering
    • D. suspicious

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