noun \ˈka(-ə)rd\

: someone who is too afraid to do what is right or expected : someone who is not at all brave or courageous

Full Definition of COWARD

:  one who shows disgraceful fear or timidity
coward adjective

Examples of COWARD

  1. a proven coward who had deserted his troops
  2. <the soldiers who ran as soon as the first shots were fired were branded as cowards>

Origin of COWARD

Middle English, from Anglo-French cuard, from cue, coe tail, from Latin cauda
First Known Use: 13th century


biographical name \ˈka(-ə)rd\

Definition of COWARD

Sir Noël Peirce 1899–1973 Eng. actor & dram.


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