[kou-er] /ˈkaʊ ər/

verb (used without object)
to crouch, as in fear or shame.
(intransitive) to crouch or cringe, as in fear

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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