verb (used without object)
to crouch, as in fear or shame.

1250–1300; Middle English couren; cognate with Norwegian, Swedish kūra, Middle Low German kūren, German kauern

coweringly, adverb

cringe, recoil, flinch, quail. Unabridged
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cower (ˈkaʊə)
(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]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, probably from M.L.G. *kuren "lie in wait," or similar Scand. words meaning "to squat" and "to doze." Thus unrelated to coward.
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Example sentences
Frozen, our guide whispered to me to cower and pretend to eat leaves.
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