What does cower mean?

Definitions for cower
ˈkaʊ ərcow·er

Here are all the possible meanings 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

Wiktionary

  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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cowerverb

    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. Cowerverb

    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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Numerology

  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. Maroofa Bibi:

    When the shelling starts, we rush to cower in the makeshift basements of our home, the power supply gets cut and we wait in the darkness with our terrified children, waiting for it be over.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

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

  3. Misty Buswell:

    Children are dying from lack of food and medicines in parts of Syria just a few kilometers from warehouses that are piled high with aid, 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.

  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. 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.

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