coward

[ kou-erd ]
/ ˈkaʊ ərd /

noun

a person who lacks courage in facing danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.; a timid or easily intimidated person.

adjective

lacking courage; very fearful or timid.
proceeding from or expressive of fear or timidity: a coward cry.

Nearby words

  1. cow-spanker,
  2. cowabunga,
  3. cowage,
  4. cowal,
  5. cowansville,
  6. cowardice,
  7. cowardly,
  8. cowash,
  9. cowbane,
  10. cowbell

Origin of coward

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French couard-, couart cowardly, equivalent to coue tail (< Latin cauda) + -art -ard

Coward

[ kou-erd ]
/ ˈkaʊ ərd /

noun

Noel,1899–1973, English playwright, author, actor, and composer.
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coward

/ (ˈkaʊəd) /

noun

a person who shrinks from or avoids danger, pain, or difficulty

Word Origin for coward

C13: from Old French cuard, from coue tail, from Latin cauda; perhaps suggestive of a frightened animal with its tail between its legs

Coward

/ (ˈkaʊəd) /

noun

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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