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Verb: cower  kaw(-u)r
  1. Crouch or curl up
    "They cowered outside in the rain";
    - huddle
     
  2. Show submission or fear
    - fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, grovel

Derived forms: cowers, cowering, cowered

Type of: bend, bow[2], crouch, flex, scrooch [US], stoop