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Definition of the verb cower

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verb - inflections: cowered | cowering | cowers

  1. crouch or curl up
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb]Sharon shiveredVerbs Involving the Body: convulse, quake, quiver, shake, shiver, shudder, tremble, writhe
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] from / at [Cause]Sharon fainted at the sight of the accident | Sharon fainted from hunger | Sharon shivered at the thought of the cold sea | Sharon shivered from fear
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb]Sharon flinchedVerbs Involving the Body: balk, cringe, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, wince
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] at / from [Cause]Sharon flinched at the sight of the accident
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of cower: huddle
    • more generic words: bend / bow / crouch / stoop = bend one's back forward from the waist on down
  2. show submission or fear

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for cower

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Google preview2017/2018 ASVAB For Dummies with Online Practice (2017)

by Rod Powers

Cower is a verb that means to crouch down in fear. 24. A. Tangent is a noun that means a completely different line of thought or action ...

Google previewASVAB AFQT For Dummies (2014)

by Rod Powers

cringe Cower is a verb that means to cringe or move away from ...

Google previewShakspeare's Dramatic Works (1790)

With Explanatory Notes by William Shakespeare, Samuel Ayscough

Cower is a goot captain, and is goot knowledge and ...

Google previewThe Medicine Wheel For Step Parents (2012)

A Disaster Manual When Someone Has More Rights Than Step Parents by Mary Jane Grange, R.N.

CoWer is a simple term meaning to be intimidated. The people Who are harassing can make off like a bandit With the family possessions. They may take the possessions that rightfully belong to others. The person Who enjoys harassing step ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

Cowboy state—Wyoming Cowboy tending horses—wrangler Cowboy territory —Wild West Cowboy's lasso—lariat Cowboys' home—Wild West Cower—quail Cower in fear—cringe Cowl—hood Cowpox—vaccinia Cows—cattle Cows chew ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words (1855)

Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps

Cower, MS. Soe. Antiq. 134, f. 151. ESPOIRE. Hope. Chaucer. ESPOUSE. Spouse; wife. HaU. ESPRED. Spread. Sidney. ESPRINGOLD. An engine used for throwing large stones in sieges. (A.-N.) ESPRYSED. Taken. (A.-N.) ESQUAYMOUS.

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

COWer Con animate, *quicken, vivify, enliven: cringe, cower, *fawn cower cringe, truckle, *fawn, toady Ana shrink, quail, flinch, blench, wince, *recoil Con cow, bully, bulldoze, browbeat, *intimidate: *strut, swagger, bristle coxcomb *fop, dandy, ...

Google previewFowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2015)

by Henry Watson Fowler, Jeremy Butterfield

cow, cower. To cow (probably from Old Norse kúga 'oppress') someone is to intimidate them into doing something ...

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Democracy is stronger than terrorism, and we will not cower to the terrorists' campaign of fear. (John Doolittle)
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Scrabble value of C3O1W4E1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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