Definitions for cowardˈkaʊ ərd
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a person who shows shameful lack of courage or fortitude.
(adj.)of or pertaining to a coward.
Origin of coward:
1175–1225; ME < OF couard-, couart cowardly, der. of coue tail < L cauda
Noel, 1899–1973, English playwright.
a person who shows fear or timidity
Coward, Noel Coward, Sir Noel Pierce Coward(noun)
English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies (1899-1973)
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sb who lacks courage
A person who lacks courage.
Origin: From coart, cuard ( > French couard), from coe + -ard; is in turn from cauda. The reference seems to be to an animal “turning tail”, or having its tail between its legs, especially a dog.
borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs; -- said of a lion
destitute of courage; timid; cowardly
belonging to a coward; proceeding from, or expressive of, base fear or timidity
a person who lacks courage; a timid or pusillanimous person; a poltroon
to make timorous; to frighten
Translations for coward
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a person who shows fear easily or is easily frightened
I am such a coward; – I hate going to the dentist.
- covardePortuguese (BR)
- der FeiglingGerman
- bangebuks; kujonDanish
- cobarde, miedica, cagadoSpanish
- feiging, reddhareNorwegian
- laş, fricosRomanian
- ynkrygg, mes, fegisSwedish
- 懦夫Chinese (Trad.)
- بزدل، ڈرپوکUrdu
- người nhát ganVietnamese
- 懦夫Chinese (Simp.)
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