American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cringe in fear.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sink by bending the knees; crouch: squat: stoop or sink downward, especially in fear or shame.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To stoop by bending the knees; to crouch; to squat; hence, to quail; to sink through fear.
- v. obsolete To cherish with care.
- v. show submission or fear
- v. crouch or curl up
- From Middle Low German kuren or from Scandinavian (Icelandic kúra ("to doze")). Compare German kauern ("to squat"). Unrelated to coward, which is of Latin origin. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English couren, of Scandinavian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Van Gundy has hinted how he might react to an Orlando title, saying he might "cower" in a "fetal position.”
“So Wright's opinions didn't change but Obama's of Wright did ... did Obama's view of America change (cuz that would allow for the change of heart on Wright) or did he "cower" in the face of falling poll numbers?”
“Its meaning in that context is "To draw back instinctively, as from something alarming" but because of the other meanings, there's also a feel or image of a person making himself smaller in fear, which gets us back to "cower" or "cringe.”
“He warned that "the mistakes of 2002 are being repeated," meaning, he said, that Democrats should never again "cower" before Bush on security issues, as so many at the grass roots saw them doing before the 2002 elections.”
“VIDEO: * Senator* Obama expresses support for KSM military tribunal Democrat theme of the week: "Let's not 'cower' over KSM civilian trial”
“Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday fought back against criticism that trying accused Sept. 11 terrorists in New York City poses a risk, saying that U.S. courts have safely tried terrorists, and that Americans should not "cower" in anticipation of the trials.”
“Paul does not mean that a wife must cower in the presence of her husband.”
“My heart seemed to cower in my chest as I waited for him to drop his bombshell.”
“I would walk right up to them and that shocked them—I guess they thought that a fat person would rather cower behind a buffet than be confrontational about their rudeness.”
“And he insisted that the bombing shouldn't make foreign investors cower in fear either.”
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