Definitions for cowardˈkaʊ ərd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cow•ardˈkaʊ ərd(n.)

  1. a person who shows shameful lack of courage or fortitude.

  2. (adj.)of or pertaining to a coward.

Origin of coward:

1175–1225; ME < OF couard-, couart cowardly, der. of coue tail < L cauda

Cow•ardˈkaʊ ərd(n.)

  1. Noel, 1899–1973, English playwright.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. coward(noun)

    a person who shows fear or timidity

  2. 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

  1. coward(noun)ˈkaʊ ərd

    sb who lacks courage


  1. coward(Noun)

    A person who lacks courage.

  2. coward(Adjective)


  3. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coward(adj)

    borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs; -- said of a lion

  2. Coward(adj)

    destitute of courage; timid; cowardly

  3. Coward(adj)

    belonging to a coward; proceeding from, or expressive of, base fear or timidity

  4. Coward(noun)

    a person who lacks courage; a timid or pusillanimous person; a poltroon

  5. Coward(verb)

    to make timorous; to frighten


  1. Coward

    Coward is a town in Florence County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 650 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Florence Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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.

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