What does coward mean?

Definitions for cowardˈkaʊ ərd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word coward.

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)


  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

  6. Origin: [OF. couard, coard, coart, n. and adj., F. couard, fr. OF. coe, coue, tail, F. queue (fr. L. coda, a form of cauda tail) + -ard; orig., short-tailed, as an epithet of the hare, or perh., turning tail, like a scared dog. Cf. Cue, Queue, Caudal.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coward

    kow′ard, n. a faint-hearted person: one without courage.—v.t. to intimidate.—adjs. Cow′ard, Cow′ardly, afraid of danger: timid: mean.—ns. Cow′ardice, want of courage: timidity.—Cow′ardree (Spens.); Cow′ardliness.—adv. Cow′ardly.—n. Cow′ardship (Shak.), the quality of being a coward. [O. Fr. couard (It. codardo)—L. cauda, a tail.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coward in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Steny Hoyer:

    He's not a coward. I just apologized to him.

  2. Tarpon Springs:

    A tragedy caused by a coward, it’s devastating.

  3. Lizabella Maria-Lynette:

    If you act as a coward, you'll be seen as a coward.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    A coward can be a hero, but a hero cannot be a coward.

  5. Farid Benyettou:

    As the date got closer, more and more I wanted to turn back time. But if I chickened out, I risked being seen as a coward.

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