Dictionary.com

craven

[ krey-vuhn ]
/ ˈkreɪ vən /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: craven / cravenness on Thesaurus.com

adjective
cowardly; contemptibly timid; pusillanimous.
noun
a coward.
verb (used with object)
to make cowardly.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON OPPOSITES OF RED BEFORE YOU TURN SCARLET
We have a challenge that will make you blush: do you know the many words and ways to describe the opposite of red?
Question 1 of 7
Which of the following colors is used to symbolize AIR?

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

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.

  • The boy was the bear-hunter in miniature, strong and hearty, and a stranger to all cravenness.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK