cower

Definitions

  • Androcles cowers in fear as the lion enters the cave
    Androcles cowers in fear as the lion enters the cave
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cower show submission or fear
    • v cower crouch or curl up "They huddled outside in the rain"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Cower kou"ẽr To cherish with care.
    • v. i Cower kou"ẽr To stoop by bending the knees; to crouch; to squat; hence, to quail; to sink through fear. "Our dame sits cowering o'er a kitchen fire.""Like falcons, cowering on the nest."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cower To sink by bending the knees; crouch: squat: stoop or sink downward, especially in fear or shame.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Cower kow′er to sink down through fear, &c.: to crouch, for protection or in fear
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Quotations

  • Orison Swett Marden
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    “Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. kera, to doze, liequiet, Sw. kura, Dan. kure, G. kauern, to cower, W. cwrian,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Ice. kúra, Dan. kure, to lie quiet.

Usage

In literature:

He cowered as she came near him.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
The slaves fell on their knees; cowered, in fact, on the rugs at the lady's feet.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
She came up for one day, and came here by herself; cowering as though she were afraid of me.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
Locke snatched it up and, shooting one of the thugs, managed to cower the other.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
Another man was cowering down by one of the trucks, his face buried in his arms.
"Combed Out" by Fritz August Voigt
Often I saw her cower and flush piteously, as with terror, before his insolent gaze.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
The cowering dog and the cringing boy told Annersley much.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
She cowered down, hiding her face away from him.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
During the hours of the morning her mind cowered, dismayed.
"The Mormon Prophet" by Lily Dougall
Every plant that had rejoiced in passing such a winter now was cowering, turned away, unfit to meet the consequence.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
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In poetry:

Her maidens cowered
Under the wall;
"The foe too strong, O queen,
Try not a fall."
"Jezebel" by Ethel Clifford
In these He found where Wisdom hides
And modest Beauty cowers,
And where Omnipotence resides,
And Tenderness,— in flowers!
"Infant Christ, With Flowers" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
He sought the home of his old love,
To look on her once more;
And where her roses breathed above,
He cowered beside the door.
"The Return" by Robert W Service
I do not cringe before you now,
Or lay my face upon the ground;
I am a man, of men a peer,
And not a cowering, cudgeled hound!
"An Address Of An Ex-Confederate Soldier, To The Grand Army Of The Republic" by Maurice Thompson
Like a painted thing, and deadly.
Then from the cloud's side flickered
Sharp lightning, thrusting madly
At the cowering fields.
"The Fugitive" by John Freeman
Huddling on her, go, God-sped,
As a dream-horde crowds and cowers
Mid the shadowy curtain-flowers
Round a sick man's haunted bed.
"Jadis - Prologue" by Paul Verlaine

In news:

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The soldiers began to shoot students at Rangoon University at 6:30 pm Hla Shwe watched, cowering in a nearby building, as his friends died.
YANGON, Myanmar — The soldiers began to shoot students at Rangoon University at 6:30 pm Hla Shwe watched, cowering in a nearby building, as his friends died.
In one piece from the edgy campaign, a henpecked husband cowers with cartons of milk in his arms.
Cowering citizens remain mum.
Many a pale and frozen St Louisan will cower from Old Man Winter by hiding indoors.
He hides it, cowering in the stalls at the bathroom at school, keeping it behind the closed door of his room at home.
YANGON , Myanmar — The soldiers began to shoot students at Rangoon University at 6:30 pm Hla Shwe watched, cowering in a nearby building, as his friends died.
When he confesses to his father (Keith Thompson, who performs all the adult -male roles with pompous humor) that he has flunked out of school, the lanky Foizey cowers into himself so that the shorter Thompson appears to tower over him.
A gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school, killing 26 people, including 20 children, by blasting his way through the building as young students cowered helplessly in classrooms while their teachers and classmates were shot.
Columbus — A gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school Friday, killing 26 people, including 18 children, and forcing students to cower in classrooms and then flee with the help of teachers and police.
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A woman cowered in an upstairs bedroom closet of her Far East Dallas home early Thursday morning, protecting her 6-year-old daughter.
A man opened fire inside the Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked Friday, killing 26 people, including 18 children, and forcing students to cower in classrooms and then flee with the help of teachers and police.
Gonzalez was accused of leading several men dressed like ninjas who robbed and killed Byrd and Melanie Billings in their home as their children slept or cowered nearby in 2009.
But for every person smitten with the power of the PC, there's another person cowering.
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