cowardly; contemptibly timid; pusillanimous.
to make cowardly.
Idioms about craven
cry craven, to yield; capitulate; give up.
- cra·ven·ly, adverb
- cra·ven·ness, noun
- un·cra·ven, adjective
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How to use craven in a sentence
She had a fine spirit; it did not know defeat or cravenness.Double Harness | Anthony Hope
They stood ready to obey his slightest wish––not with cravenness, but with quick reversion to the faith of their ancestors.The Web of the Golden Spider | Frederick Orin Bartlett
It is very frequently set down as pusillanimity and cravenness of spirit.Friends and Neighbors | Anonymous
The boy was the bear-hunter in miniature, strong and hearty, and a stranger to all cravenness.Boris the Bear-Hunter | Fred Whishaw
British Dictionary definitions for craven
- cravenly, adverb
- cravenness, noun
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