cow·​ard | \ ˈkau̇(-ə)rd How to pronounce coward (audio) \

Definition of coward

: one who shows disgraceful fear or timidity a coward who deserted his troops

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a proven coward who had deserted his troops the soldiers who ran as soon as the first shots were fired were branded as cowards
Recent Examples on the Web Trump, for his part, sent out a tweet after the violence already had started, calling Pence a coward, fueling the rage the mob had for his second-in-command who had served him loyally for years. Globe Staff,, 25 July 2022 Both were disturbed by Trump's tweet at 2:24 p.m. calling Vice President Mike Pence a coward. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 There are sound evolutionary reasons for this stereotype, and one of the most common fears in men is that they’ll be outed as a coward. Frank T. Mcandrew, The Conversation, 12 July 2022 Pottinger told the committee a Trump tweet calling then-Vice President Mike Pence a coward prompted him to resign. Editors, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 But as aides urged Trump to tweet a message to restore calm, Trump instead called Vice President Mike Pence a coward in a tweet at 2:24 p.m. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 19 July 2022 Only a coward can fight against civilians, take away childhood from defenseless children! Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 8 Mar. 2022 Scotchee is a coward and should live with that shame forever. Lincee Ray,, 28 Mar. 2022 The 90-minute hearing featured emotional testimony from family and relatives of Sales, who condemned Lopez as a coward, lamented the jury did not convict him of murder, and urged the longest possible sentence. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of coward

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coward

Middle English, from Anglo-French cuard, from cue, coe tail, from Latin cauda

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cow·​ard | \ ˈkau̇-ərd How to pronounce coward (audio) \

Kids Definition of coward

: a person who shows shameful fear

Coward biographical name

Cow·​ard | \ ˈkau̇(-ə)rd How to pronounce Coward (audio) \

Definition of Coward

Sir Noël Peirce 1899–1973 English actor and dramatist

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