a person who lacks courage in facing danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.; a timid or easily intimidated person.
lacking courage; very fearful or timid.
proceeding from or expressive of fear or timidity: a coward cry.
Other definitions for Coward (2 of 2)
Noel, 1899–1973, English playwright, author, actor, and composer.
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How to use coward in a sentence
That same day, the Fox News host also attempted to contact Swalwell, asking the congressman to call him and then calling him a “coward” when he refused to do so, according to screenshots of the exchange Swalwell posted to Twitter.Tucker Carlson’s Ugly Feud With Eric Swalwell Has Sucked in Family | Maxwell Tani | August 27, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Not because Hunger Games books make us happy, but because we want to be sedated, because it’s painful not to pretend, because we’re cowards.One Good Thing: An unsung drama of the 2010s you should stream right now | Emily VanDerWerff | August 26, 2021 | Vox
Human progress has never been fostered by the cowards who have let fear rule their lives.America needed a space race hero. John Glenn was the obvious choice. | Douglas Brinkley | May 28, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s as if Hall doesn’t trust his audience to appreciate coward’s delightful acidity—he’s scrubbed all of that away, as if it were tarnish and not the actual shine.The Ghost of Noël Coward Is Nowhere to Be Found in the Dull Blithe Spirit | Stephanie Zacharek | February 19, 2021 | Time
She called Hogg, then 18 years old, “a coward” for not responding to her.How Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, promoter of QAnon’s baseless theories, rose with support from key Republicans | Michael Kranish, Reis Thebault, Stephanie McCrummen | January 30, 2021 | Washington Post
Hill advised him not to, saying that if he did so, the cadets would regard him as a coward.
And cancer, deceiver, pretender, coward; it cannot even subsist without the vibrant people it depends on.
Or he could have been a coward, lashing out at me for some online slight.
He was ultimately a coward, and he took no pleasure in his victims fighting back.
Nina Straight says her half-brother was “a physical coward but not scared of death.”
A coward by nature, he had been on the verge of a nervous breakdown before the trial, thinking of what might happen.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
I have not in the world the name of a coward, and yet I am the greatest coward here.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
A grand victory all right, if that coward of a sheriff hadn't got the Governor to send the militia to Homestead.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
He was thought brave, for no man in the Ozarks dared to stand up against him in a fight, but at heart he was a coward.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
I had forgotten for the moment that the cop was a coward; but Burke didn't waste a bit of time in bringing back my memory.
British Dictionary definitions for coward (1 of 2)
a person who shrinks from or avoids danger, pain, or difficulty
British Dictionary definitions for Coward (2 of 2)
Sir Noël (Pierce). 1899–1973, English dramatist, actor, and composer, noted for his sophisticated comedies, which include Private Lives (1930) and Blithe Spirit (1941)
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