cower


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cow·er

 (kou′ər)
intr.v. cow·ered, cow·er·ing, cow·ers
To cringe in fear.

[Middle English couren, of Scandinavian origin.]

cower

(ˈkaʊə)
vb
(intr) to crouch or cringe, as in fear
[C13: from Middle Low German kūren to lie in wait; related to Swedish kura to lie in wait, Danish kure to squat]

cow•er

(ˈkaʊ ər)

v.i.
to crouch or shrink back, as in fear or shame.
[1250–1300; Middle English couren < Middle Low German kūren]
cow′er•ing•ly, adv.

cower


Past participle: cowered
Gerund: cowering

Imperative
cower
cower
Present
I cower
you cower
he/she/it cowers
we cower
you cower
they cower
Preterite
I cowered
you cowered
he/she/it cowered
we cowered
you cowered
they cowered
Present Continuous
I am cowering
you are cowering
he/she/it is cowering
we are cowering
you are cowering
they are cowering
Present Perfect
I have cowered
you have cowered
he/she/it has cowered
we have cowered
you have cowered
they have cowered
Past Continuous
I was cowering
you were cowering
he/she/it was cowering
we were cowering
you were cowering
they were cowering
Past Perfect
I had cowered
you had cowered
he/she/it had cowered
we had cowered
you had cowered
they had cowered
Future
I will cower
you will cower
he/she/it will cower
we will cower
you will cower
they will cower
Future Perfect
I will have cowered
you will have cowered
he/she/it will have cowered
we will have cowered
you will have cowered
they will have cowered
Future Continuous
I will be cowering
you will be cowering
he/she/it will be cowering
we will be cowering
you will be cowering
they will be cowering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cowering
you have been cowering
he/she/it has been cowering
we have been cowering
you have been cowering
they have been cowering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cowering
you will have been cowering
he/she/it will have been cowering
we will have been cowering
you will have been cowering
they will have been cowering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cowering
you had been cowering
he/she/it had been cowering
we had been cowering
you had been cowering
they had been cowering
Conditional
I would cower
you would cower
he/she/it would cower
we would cower
you would cower
they would cower
Past Conditional
I would have cowered
you would have cowered
he/she/it would have cowered
we would have cowered
you would have cowered
they would have cowered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cower - crouch or curl up; "They huddled outside in the rain"
crouch, stoop, bend, bow - bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"
2.cower - show submission or fear
bend, flex - form a curve; "The stick does not bend"

cower

verb cringe, shrink, tremble, crouch, flinch, quail, draw back, grovel The hostages cowered in their seats.
Translations
يَجْثُـم من الخوْف
krčit se
krybekrybe sammen
hnipra sig saman
trauktis susigūžus
sarauties
yere çökmek

cower

[ˈkaʊəʳ] VIencogerse (de miedo)
the servants were cowering in a cornerlos criados se habían refugiado medrosos en un rincón

cower

[ˈkaʊər] vi (= crouch) → se recroqueviller

cower

visich ducken; (squatting) → kauern; to cower before somebodyvor jdm ducken; he stood cowering in a cornerer stand geduckt in einer Ecke; the cowering peasantsdie geduckten Bauern

cower

[ˈkaʊəʳ] viacquattarsi (per paura)

cower

(ˈkauə) verb
to draw back and crouch in fear. He was cowering away from the fierce dog.
References in classic literature ?
The result was a sharp peck on the end of his nose that made him cower down and ki-yi.
In a corner formed by two houses, of which one advanced more than the other, she seated herself down and cowered together.
Brightness of midnight was ever around me; lonesomeness cowered beside her; and as a third, death-rattle stillness, the worst of my female friends.
Cecco, bravest of the brave, cowered before his captain, crying "No, no"; but Hook was purring to his claw.
When Armand, with the terrible words, `Look, all of you, I owe this woman nothing!' flung the gold and bank-notes at the half-swooning Marguerite, Lena cowered beside me and covered her face with her hands.
Sure enough the bird settled slowly down upon it, covering it with its wings to keep it warm, and I cowered close beside the egg in such a position that one of the bird's feet, which was as large as the trunk of a tree, was just in front of me.
The black-faced man cowered. "They--won't have me forward." He spoke slowly, with a queer, hoarse quality in his voice.
But when she heard her uncle's name, there seemed to go a shiver right through her; and when they told him to look at her, she hung her head down, and cowered, and hid her face in her hands.
The rabbit, terrified but uninjured, cowered beneath him.
She cowered down by her window and wished, for the first time in her gay young life, that she could die, too.
Monty was sitting up when they reached the hut, but at the sight of Trent's companion he cowered back and affected sleepiness.
'China is like a shark that preys on small fishes like us, but we should not cower in fear.