To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch.
To turn from a straight line
To be a sneak; behave in a stealthy, underhanded, or cowardly manner
To become or seem to become smaller, more compact, etc.; contract, as from heat, cold, moisture, etc.
To crouch or huddle up, as from fear or cold
To move slowly by dragging the body along the ground, as a worm does
To make a soft crackling sound; rustle.
To fawn means to pay extra attention to something in an overly affectionate way.
To be nice to someone or apologize in the hope of securing something.
To shake with a slight, rapid, tremulous movement.
To be a toady to or behave like a toady.
Tremble means to shake involuntarily, often out of fear or because you are cold.
To be servile or submissive.
(Chiefly Dial., Brit.) To make or become pale; whiten; bleach
(Intransitive) To jump back in fear.
Start is defined as to begin, set out to appear or to move suddenly.
To slobber; drool.
To curry favor with in an obsequious manner; fawn on.
To come to understand. Often used with to or onto :
To come near to in place, time, character, or value; to draw nearer to.
To try; endeavor:
From an upward position to an inverted or reversed position:
To crouch down or draw oneself together so as to seem smaller
(Chiefly Brit.) To avoid as because of fear; shrink from
To creep is defined as to move slowly and quietly while close to the ground.
To stoop is to bend over, or to do something that is demeaning or below your status.
The definition of kowtow is to be submissive or subservient to someone, or to kneel and touch the ground with your forehead as an act of worship.
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