verb (used with object)
Origin of craven
Examples from the Web for craven
It might be helpful, now, if a few of these craven Republicans had the stones to say it.
Maybe he could no longer bear the craven truth about himself.The Killer Klansman’s Missing Years as a Federal Informant|Michael Daly|April 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Film stars and politicians are still bussed in to sell their products, in the most craven way possible.
And the President took Pelosi's way, not the highway of craven calculation.
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|Nico Hines|July 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I flourished it before him, and pointed with one hand to the broken desk, which he had not yet observed in his craven agitation.
"That was well done, captain," said Craven to Hughie, as he was coolly skating back to his position.Glengarry Schooldays|Ralph Connor
On the ground they were met by Cresford the builder, with his nephew, also Grundy with his son, and Craven his partner.Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I|Sir Moses Montefiore
Craven belonged obviously to a class, although he had a strong and attractive individuality.
And it had given Craven a place in her estimation which no one had had for ten years.
Word Origin 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.