coward

noun cow·ard \ ˈkau̇(-ə)rd \

Definition of coward

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

coward

adjective

Examples of coward in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of coward

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

coward Synonyms


Coward

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

Definition of Coward

Sir Noël Peirce 1899–1973 English actor and dramatist

COWARD Defined for English Language Learners

coward

noun

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

coward

noun cow·ard \ ˈkau̇-ərd \

Definition of coward for Students

:a person who shows shameful fear


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