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cower Syllabification: cow·er
Pronunciation: /ˈkou(ə)r/

Definition of cower in English:


[no object]
Crouch down in fear: children cowered in terror as the shoot-out erupted
More example sentences
  • The courtier sat in the corner cowering in fear as a hooded figure with an axe stepped closer.
  • He cowered in a hedge fearing she would return to run him over, the Feilding High Court was told.
  • Now I am one of those parents, the one who makes the principal cower in fear as she walks through the door.
cringe, shrink, crouch, recoil, flinch, pull back, draw back, tremble, shake, quake, blench, quail, grovel


Middle English: from Middle Low German kūren 'lie in wait', of unknown ultimate origin.

Words that rhyme with cower

bower, devour, dower, embower, empower, endower, flour, flower, gaur, Glendower, glower, hour, lour, lower, our, plougher (US plower), power, scour, shower, sour, Stour, sweet-and-sour, tower
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