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.

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Origin of coward

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

Definition for coward (2 of 2)

Coward
[ kou-erd ]
/ ˈkaʊ ərd /

noun

Noel, 1899–1973, English playwright, author, actor, and composer.
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British Dictionary definitions for coward (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for coward (2 of 2)

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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