Definition of coward
: one who shows disgraceful fear or timidity a coward who deserted his troops
Examples of coward in a Sentence
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 of coward from the Web
Liars, cowards, sociopaths’ Greitens’ regular attacks on lawmakers are in many ways a continuation of his campaign for governor.
Trump is able to withdraw from Paris because his party is made up either of climate change deniers or cowards, like Graham, who claim to believe in climate change but are willing to appease deniers.
Dickinson accused Jackson of reneging on a horse bet, calling Jackson a coward and an equivocator.
Knowing that mainly kids would go to that concert what sought of coward would do something like that?
Many Republican National Committee members and other Trump supporters reacted in fury and called their leaders cowards for not standing by Mr. Trump.
These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one.
Being a coward required pertinacity, persistence, a refusal to change—which made it, in a way, a kind of courage.
Jindal taunted those corporate cowards a second time.
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Origin and Etymology of coward
Middle English, from Anglo-French cuard, from cue, coe tail, from Latin cauda
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of Coward
Sir Noël Peirce 1899–1973 English actor and dramatist
COWARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coward for English Language Learners
: someone who is too afraid to do what is right or expected : someone who is not at all brave or courageous
COWARD Defined for Kids
Definition of coward for Students
: a person who shows shameful fear
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