Cow"er (kou"ẽr), v. i.
[imp. & p. p. Cowered (kou"ẽrd);
p. pr. & vb. n. Cowering.] [Cf. Icel.
kera to doze, liequiet, Sw. kura, Dan.
kure, G. kauern to cower, W. cwrian.]
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
Like falcons, cowering on the nest.
Cow"er (kou"ẽr), v. t.
To cherish with care. [Obs.]