Definition of coward in English:


Line breaks: cow¦ard
Pronunciation: /ˈkaʊəd


A person who is contemptibly lacking in the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things: they had run away—the cowards!
More example sentences
  • ‘Our power is wielded by weaklings and cowards, and our honour is false in all its points’.
  • By demonstrating their courage, they have shown you for the cowards you are.
  • Due to my not being enraged or scared of these cowards, there was no fear, and I believe they sensed that.
informal chicken, scaredy-cat, fraidy-cat, yellow-belly, sissy, big baby
British informal big girl's blouse
North American informal candy-ass, pussy
Australian/New Zealand informal dingo, sook
informal , dated funk


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1 literary Excessively afraid of danger or pain.
More example sentences
  • 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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