cow|er «KOW uhr», intransitive verb.
1. to crouch or draw back in fear or shame: »

The dog cowered under the table after being whipped by its master.

SYNONYM(S): cringe, quail.
2. to draw back tremblingly from another's threats or blows. SYNONYM(S): cringe, quail.
[apparently < Scandinavian (compare Old Icelandic kūra doze, lie quiet)]
cow´er|ing|ly, adverb.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.