Cow·er v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cowered p. pr. & vb. n. Cowering.] To stoop by bending the knees; to crouch; to squat; hence, to quail; to sink through fear.
Our dame sits cowering o'er a kitchen fire. --Dryden.
Like falcons, cowering on the nest. --Goldsmith.
Cow·er v. t. To cherish with care. [Obs.]
v 1: crouch or curl up; "They huddled outside in the rain" [syn:
2: show submission or fear [syn: fawn, crawl, creep, cringe,