- cowardly; contemptibly timid; pusillanimous.
- a coward.
- to make cowardly.
- cry craven, to yield; capitulate; give up.
Origin of craven
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Examples from the Web for craven
It might be helpful, now, if a few of these craven Republicans had the stones to say it.You, Chris McDaniel, Are No Ned Lamont
June 27, 2014
Maybe he could no longer bear the craven truth about himself.The Killer Klansman’s Missing Years as a Federal Informant
April 15, 2014
Film stars and politicians are still bussed in to sell their products, in the most craven way possible.Which Stephen Colbert Will We See on CBS?
April 10, 2014
And the President took Pelosi's way, not the highway of craven calculation.The Indispensible Nancy Pelosi
March 25, 2014
Six miles from Craven Cottage, where Fulham play their home games, is the stadium where this soccer revolution began 10 years ago.English Premier League Is Now an American Billionaires’ Paradise
July 11, 2013
And with the detective went a man whose gait was slinking, craven.Within the Law
Hobbs had seemed more of the craven type which Stryker graced so conspicuously.
"Craven Street, please," said the girl, and added a house number.
In his heart he was ashamed of his fears; in his heart he knew himself for a craven.The Sea-Hawk
Swounds, but an empty stomach is a craven comrade in a desperate enterprise.The Tavern Knight
- cowardly; mean-spirited
- a coward
Word Origin and History for craven
early 13c., cravant, perhaps from Old French crevante "defeated," past participle of cravanter "to strike down, to fall down," from Latin crepare "to crack, creak." Sense affected by crave and moved from "defeated" to "cowardly" (c.1400) perhaps via intermediary sense of "confess oneself defeated." Related: Cravenly; cravenness.