Definition of cower verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cower

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊər//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cower
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊər//
 
he / she / it cowers
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊərz//
 
past simple cowered
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊərd//
 
past participle cowered
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊərd//
 
-ing form cowering
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊərɪŋ//
 
Fear
 
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to bend low and/or move backwards because you are frightened A gun went off and people cowered behind walls and under tables. The dog whimpered and cowered at his feet. See related entries: Fear Word Origin Middle English: from Middle Low German kūren ‘lie in wait’, of unknown ultimate origin.Extra examples Piper was cowering against the far wall. The children cowered in terror behind the closed door. cowering under the table
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