adjective cra·ven \ˈkrā-vən\

: having or showing a complete lack of courage : very cowardly

Full Definition of CRAVEN

archaic :  defeated, vanquished
:  lacking the least bit of courage :  contemptibly fainthearted
craven noun
cra·ven·ly adverb
cra·ven·ness \-vən-nəs\ noun

Examples of CRAVEN

  1. <a craven refusal to deliver the unwelcome news personally>

Origin of CRAVEN

Middle English cravant
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of CRAVEN

cowardly, pusillanimous, craven, dastardly mean having or showing a lack of courage. cowardly implies a weak or ignoble lack of courage <a cowardly failure to stand up for principle>. pusillanimous suggests a contemptible lack of courage <the pusillanimous fear of a future full of possibility>. craven suggests extreme defeatism and complete lack of resistance <secretly despised her own craven yes-men>. dastardly often implies behavior that is both cowardly and treacherous or skulking or outrageous <a dastardly attack on unarmed civilians>.

Rhymes with CRAVEN

CRAVEN Defined for Kids


adjective cra·ven \ˈkrā-vən\

Definition of CRAVEN for Kids

:  cowardly


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