What does cower mean?

Definitions for cower
ˈkaʊ ərcow·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cower.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. huddle, cowerverb

    crouch or curl up

    "They huddled outside in the rain"

  2. fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovelverb

    show submission or fear


  1. cowerverb

    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.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Cowerverb

    To sink by bending the knees; to stoop; to shrink.

    Etymology: cwrrian, Welsh; courber, Fr. or perhaps borrowed from the manner in which a cow sinks on her knees.

    Let the pail be put over the man’s head above water, and then he cower down, and the pail be pressed down with him. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 155.

    The splitting rocks cower’d in the sinking sands,
    And would not dash me with their ragged sides. William Shakespeare.

    As thus he spake, each bird and beast beheld,
    Approaching two and two; these cow’ring low
    With blandishment, each bird stoop’d on his wing. John Milton.

    Our dame sits cow’ring o’er a kitchen fire;
    I draw fresh air, and nature’s works admire. John Dryden, Fables.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cowerverb

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

  2. Cowerverb

    to cherish with care

  3. 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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. COWER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cower is ranked #151532 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cower surname appeared 108 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cower.

    91.6% or 99 total occurrences were White.
    7.4% or 8 total occurrences were Black.

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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. Rey Del Rio/Getty Images:

    [Americans] come back to always having that hope, no matter how difficult it is since the birth of our nation. Whether it was the Civil War, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, an assassination decade of the '60s, or 9/11, we always had hope and we had presidents who inspired us, americans do not cower, whether it's the Nazis or the terrorists or the China virus. We have hope. We have strength. And when you have hope and strength, you have peace. But this president doesn't know what hope is.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    This is a time for America to lead, not cower.

  3. Ray Bradbury:

    We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it.

  4. 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.

  5. George Zimmerman:

    What I’ve decided to do is not cower, i’m a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions. An attorney for Martin's family declined to specifically comment on Zimmerman, but did issue a statement to Fox 35 Orlando Wednesday.

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