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cower

[kou-er] /ˈkaʊ ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to crouch, as in fear or shame.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English couren; cognate with Norwegian, Swedish kūra, Middle Low German kūren, German kauern
Related forms
coweringly, adverb
Synonyms
cringe, recoil, flinch, quail.
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  • Frozen, our guide whispered to me to cower and pretend to eat leaves.
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cower

/ˈkaʊə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to crouch or cringe, as in fear
Word Origin
C13: from Middle Low German kūren to lie in wait; related to Swedish kura to lie in wait, Danish kure to squat
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Word Origin and History for cower
v.

c.1300, probably from Middle Low German *kuren "lie in wait" (Modern German kauern), or similar Scandinavian words meaning "to squat" and "to doze" (e.g. Old Norse kura, Danish, Norwegian kure, Swedish kura). Thus unrelated to coward. Related: Cowered; cowering.

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