from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To cringe in fear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To crouch or cringe in fear.
- v. To cherish with care.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To stoop by bending the knees; to crouch; to squat; hence, to quail; to sink through fear.
- transitive v. To cherish with care.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sink by bending the knees; crouch: squat: stoop or sink downward, especially in fear or shame.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. show submission or fear
- v. crouch or curl up
Middle English couren, of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle Low German kuren or from Scandinavian (Icelandic kúra ("to doze")). Compare German kauern ("to squat"). Unrelated to coward, which is of Latin origin. (Wiktionary)