Definition of coward in English:


Syllabification: cow·ard
Pronunciation: /ˈkou-ərd



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  • 1 literary Excessively afraid of danger or pain.
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    • Aidan had lost count how many times he'd cried himself to sleep in order to escape the pain that he was too coward to relieve himself of.
    • We were always discussing that he is a coward man, that he will not fight for his life, that he will not fight for what he believes in.
    • She squared her jaw and turned, feeling foolishly coward.
  • 2 Heraldry (Of an animal) depicted with the tail between the hind legs.


Middle English: from Old French couard, based on Latin cauda 'tail', possibly with reference to a frightened animal with its tail between its legs, reflected in sense 2 of the adjective (early 16th century).

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