coward

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkaʊərd/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkaʊɚd/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kouərd)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cow•ard /ˈkaʊɚd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who shows a shameful lack of courage:That coward always ran away from a fight.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cow•ard  (kouərd),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. a person who lacks courage in facing danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.;
    a timid or easily intimidated person.

adj. 
  1. lacking courage;
    very fearful or timid.
  2. proceeding from or expressive of fear or timidity:a coward cry.
  • Latin cauda) + -art -ard
  • Old French couard-, couart cowardly, equivalent. to coue tail (
  • Middle English 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged craven, poltroon, dastard, recreant, milksop.

Cow•ard  (kouərd),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalNoel, 1899–1973, English playwright, author, actor, and composer.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    coward /ˈkaʊəd/ n
    1. a person who shrinks from or avoids danger, pain, or difficulty
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French cuard, from coue tail, from Latin cauda; perhaps suggestive of a frightened animal with its tail between its legs
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