For over an hour a gun battle raged between them and my guards as I cowered inside my car, not knowing if I would live or die.
Deeper and deeper it grew till the Gods in heaven grew afraid and cowered in the highest corner of heaven.
If ever one cowered visibly in this world, Hamish Channing did then.
The nervous father clenched the railing in a daze, and cowered before the ministerial heckling.
Jonas shrunk from looking at him, and cowered down into the chair by which he had held.
And forthwith he drew the blade from his girdle and sprang forward at Birdalone; and she cowered and cringed, but moved not else.
Sim cowered in a corner of the box, with his lank fingers in his long hair.
Grey Beaver clouted White Fang alongside the head, so that he cowered down close to the earth in respectful obedience.
He glared at Nat Burns, who cowered silent and miserable in his corner.
He cowered miserably before the Happy Family, his face hidden behind his two hands.
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.