coward

noun
cow·ard | \ˈkau̇(-ə)rd \

Definition of coward 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

Coward

biographical name
Cow·ard | \ˈkau̇(-ə)rd \

Definition of Coward (Entry 2 of 2)

Sir Noël Peirce 1899–1973 English actor and dramatist

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Other Words from coward

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coward adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for coward

Synonyms: Noun

chicken, craven, cur, dastard, funk, poltroon, recreant, sissy

Antonyms: Noun

hero, stalwart, valiant

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Examples of coward in a Sentence

Noun

a proven coward who had deserted his troops the soldiers who ran as soon as the first shots were fired were branded as cowards

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Bill Cosby is a low-life, depraved liar and coward. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Cosby Survivor Lili Bernard: ‘I’m Not Afraid Anymore’," 28 Apr. 2018 Williams called out the author for failing to cite any instance of unethical behavior and for being cowards. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Dirty politics? Legislator says flier falsely links her to Mike Sanders' corruption | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 Gilbert wrote a nasty letter, calling James a narcissist and a coward. SFChronicle.com, "If LeBron James goes to Lakers, he’ll battle Warriors for West — and California," 30 June 2018 With the exception of a few Governors like Baker, Hogan and Kasich it is filled with feckless cowards who disgrace and dishonor the legacies of the party’s greatest leaders. Tara Golshan, Vox, "A prominent GOP strategist has left the Republican Party over family separations at the border," 20 June 2018 Bevin, meanwhile, called McConnell a coward and his campaign childish and also used his daughter to call McConnell a liar in one advertisement. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "McConnell once called Bevin a con man. Now he wants Bevin to run again," 1 June 2018 Many have called him a coward, but former sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson had no legal duty to stop the slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, his attorneys say. Meryl Kornfield, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Scot Peterson had no duty to stop school shooting, his attorneys say," 15 June 2018 Scot Peterson has been called a coward and worse for failing to stop the massacre. CBS News, "Florida school shooting suspect refused mental health services at 18, superintendent says," 27 Feb. 2018 Call me a coward, but the thought of wobbling down Newport Avenue on an unfamiliar vehicle with nothing but a little bell for defense was enough to scare me off that. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Hassled by hound, blasted by leafblower: One man’s sweaty bike share adventure," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of coward

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coward

Noun

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

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coward

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English Language Learners Definition of coward

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

coward

noun
cow·ard | \ˈkau̇-ərd \

Kids Definition of coward

: a person who shows shameful fear

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