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The result was a sharp peck on the end of his nose that made him cower down and ki-yi.

Just then a shot was fired in the kitchen, which made us jump and cower as if at a thunder-clap.

She did not cower back and demand that the oracle be served up to her by a messenger.

This is proud oppression's hour; Storms are round us; shall we cower?

Gray Wolf did not cower, nor did his staunch heart fail him.

So we had to cower against the stern planking, which shielded us a little.

It throws down the gauntlet where once it used to cower in its fastnesses.

Everything has seemed to cower, skulk, and hide, to run as if pursued.

They were the kind to strike at a mans back and cower before his face.

"Well may you cower," gibbered the shape in its inexorable monotone.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, probably from Middle Low German *kuren "lie in wait" (Modern German kauern), or similar Scandinavian words meaning "to squat" and "to doze" (e.g. Old Norse kura, Danish, Norwegian kure, Swedish kura). Thus unrelated to coward. Related: Cowered; cowering.

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