cower

[kou-er]
verb (used without object)
to crouch, as in fear or shame.

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

coweringly, adverb


cringe, recoil, flinch, quail.
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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]

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cower
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
Both houses appear to be cowering before the rich and powerful liquor lobby.
Yet those expecting private-equity executives to be cowering in fear of
  retribution will be disappointed.
Presiding over the cowering crowd was a fat police commander with a thick
  mustache and pocked face.
Their betrayal cut so deep that it has left me anxious and cowering to this day.
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