Meaning of coward in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkaʊəd/

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  • A person who is contemptibly lacking in the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things.

    ‘they had run away—the cowards!’
    • ‘‘Our power is wielded by weaklings and cowards, and our honour is false in all its points’.’
    • ‘By demonstrating their courage, they have shown you for the cowards you are.’
    • ‘Due to my not being enraged or scared of these cowards, there was no fear, and I believe they sensed that.’
    • ‘They were barely able to drag themselves back to camp like the pathetic weaklings and cowards they are.’
    • ‘Were one half of mankind brave and one half cowards, the brave would be always beating the cowards.’
    • ‘You're one of those men who like to make cowards think you're tough and dangerous.’
    • ‘Anonymous sources generally are cowards, who often tell more than they know.’
    • ‘In the end this aids only those who are served by public uncertainty - the cowards and the ruthless.’
    • ‘All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites.’
    • ‘Yet I cannot believe that he is a moral coward by nature.’
    • ‘The great thing about academics is that they are typically spineless cowards who really do respond to sufficient pressure.’
    • ‘Oh, and by the way, you're a gutless, treasonous coward.’
    • ‘But, when officers confronted Parker, he proved to be a craven coward who literally pulsed with guilt.’
    • ‘To try to pretend he's not what he is: a poor, stinking, whimpering coward.’
    • ‘And in the end, he himself was revealed to be a miserable coward.’
    • ‘What about the possibility that we somehow have raised a generation of moral cowards?’
    • ‘Better to die of frostbite in that group of young guns than be branded a coward.’
    • ‘He resigns his commission and is branded a coward.’
    • ‘I am nothing but a coward who is too afraid to cruise the sea.’
    • ‘Hamlet says, this is what makes cowards of us all.’
    weakling, namby-pamby, mouse
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  • 1 literary Excessively afraid of danger or pain.

    ‘Aidan had lost count how many times he'd cried himself to sleep in order to escape the pain that he was too coward to relieve himself of.’
    • ‘We were always discussing that he is a coward man, that he will not fight for his life, that he will not fight for what he believes in.’
    • ‘She squared her jaw and turned, feeling foolishly coward.’
    • ‘I say it to you, coward spirit - not to anyone who abides by this code!’
    • ‘Surely everyone must have been able to hear the erratic pounding of her coward heart.’
  • 2Heraldry
    (of an animal) depicted with the tail between the hind legs.


Middle English from Old French couard, based on Latin cauda ‘tail’, possibly with reference to a frightened animal with its tail between its legs, reflected in coward (sense 2 of the adjective) (early 16th century).