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On the SAT vocab list: cower

Cow face, facing viewer
“You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to ME? You talkin’ to me? Well I’m the only one here.”

What does cower mean? Read below for the definition.

Quick vocab quiz for the word cower

First, before you read about the word cower, try this quick vocab quiz:

cower most nearly means

(A) respect
(B) tempt
(C) cringe
(D) enjoy
(E) hate

Write your answer down, or just store it in that razor-sharp mind of yours. (If you can’t wait, the answer is below.)

Now let’s learn about the word cower.

Part of Speech of cower

cower is a VERB.

Pronunciation of cower

Here’s how to pronounce cower:

IPA: /ˈkau.ər/

Glossary-style: [KOW-uhr]

Definition of cower

cower means: show fear by cringing or shrinking back, especially by making oneself physically smaller and more distant.

Explain more about cower, please

If you cower, you show fear by crouching or pulling back. cowering is similar to cringing, but cringe can also be used for feelings of disgust or embarrassment, not just fear.

Example of cower

Here’s the word cower used in a sentence:

Some animals protect themselves by cowering in fear when threatened; this approach may be less successful for humans when confronting bullies.

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Answer to the quick vocab quiz

By Erin Billy

Founder of TestMagic, Inc. in San Francisco, USA.

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