AskDefine | Define cower

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1 crouch or curl up; "They huddled outside in the rain" [syn: huddle]
2 show submission or fear [syn: fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, grovel]

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  1. To crouch in fear.
    He'd be useless in war. He'd just cower in his bunker until the enemy came in and shot him, or until the war was over.

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apple-polish, bend, bend the knee, blench, bootlick, bow, bow and scrape, crawl, creep, cringe, crouch, dodder, fawn, flatter, flinch, get down, grovel, halt, hunch, hunch down, kneel, kowtow, lick the dust, lickspittle, limp, quail, quiver, recoil, scrouch down, shake, shrink, skulk, slink, sneak, squat, stoop, teeter, toadeat, toady, totter, tremble, truckle, wallow, welter, wince
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