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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

cowering \cowering\ adj. characterized by or showing abject fear. [prenominal] Syn: craven, cringing(prenominal), fearful, recreant. [WordNet 1.5]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cower \Cow"er\ (kou"[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cowered (kou"[~e]rd); 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. [1913 Webster] Our dame sits cowering o'er a kitchen fire. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Like falcons, cowering on the nest. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]