Definition of coward
- a coward who deserted his troops
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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First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
: someone who is too afraid to do what is right or expected : someone who is not at all brave or courageous
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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