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craven

[ krey-vuhn ]
/ ˈkreɪ vən /
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adjective
cowardly; contemptibly timid; pusillanimous.
noun
a coward.
verb (used with object)
to make cowardly.
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Idioms about craven

    cry craven, to yield; capitulate; give up.

Origin of craven

1175–1225; Middle English cravant,cravaunde defeated <Old French craventé, past participle of cravanter to crush, overwhelm (<Vulgar Latin *crepantāre), influenced by Middle English creaunt defeated (see recreant)

OTHER WORDS FROM craven

cra·ven·ly, adverbcra·ven·ness, nounun·cra·ven, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for craven

craven
/ (ˈkreɪvən) /

adjective
cowardly; mean-spirited
noun
a coward

Derived forms of craven

cravenly, adverbcravenness, noun

Word Origin for craven

C13 cravant, probably from Old French crevant bursting, from crever to burst, die, from Latin crepāre to burst, crack
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