- 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.