Definition of coward in English:
- ‘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.
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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.
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).
The Latin word cauda ‘tail’ is the source of coward. This may be from the idea of a frightened animal drawing its tail between its legs or ‘turning tail’ in flight. In heraldry lion coward is the term for a lion depicted with its tail drawn between its hind legs. Despite the similarity in spelling and meaning, the verb cower (Middle English) has a completely different origin, coming from German kūren ‘lie in wait’.
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