Synonyms for cowering
- draw back
Antonyms for cowering
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COWERING
"Put him out," said Katrina, with a glance of disdain at the cowering man.
They would be cowering there, probably in darkness, not knowing what was going on.
He was gesticulating wildly, and Rathburn could see that the girl was cowering.
Clinton's paroxysm was over, and sinking to the floor he lay there shivering and cowering.
The woman, cowering against the door, covered her ears, and groaned.
Abraham had bent down as though he were cowering from an expected blow.
They found, cowering in one of the wigwams, a woman who had been struck by a bullet in the neck, and who was dying.
He was cowering and slinking along as if he feared the most terrible punishment.
Every trace of manhood had vanished from the negro's cowering frame.
Two cowering wretches were found in one corner of the cabin.
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.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR COWERING
- having the willies
- lacking courage
- no guts
- paper tiger
- running scared