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ˈkaʊ ərdcow·ard

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cowardnoun

    a person who shows fear or timidity

  2. Coward, Noel Coward, Sir Noel Pierce Cowardnoun

    English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies (1899-1973)


  1. cowardnoun

    A person who lacks courage.

  2. cowardadjective


  3. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COWARDnoun

    Etymology: couard, Fr. of uncertain derivation.

    Pyrocles did such wonders, beyond belief, as was able to lead Musidorus to courage, though he had been born a coward. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    There was a soldier that vaunted, before Julius Cæsar, of the hurts he had received in his face. Cæsar knowing him to be but a coward, told him, You were best take heed, next time you run away, how you look back Francis Bacon, Apophth. 188.

    Some are brave one day, and cowards another, as great captains have often told me, from their own experience and observation. William Temple.

    A coward does not always escape with disgrace, but sometimes also he loses his life. South.

    What can ennoble sots, and slaves, and cowards?
    Alas! not all the blood of all the Howards. Alexander Pope.

    Tremble ye not, Oh friends! and cowards fly,
    Doom’d by the stern Telemachus to die! Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Having more man than wit about me, I drew;
    And rais’d the house with loud and coward cries William Shakespeare.

    Invading fears repel my coward joy,
    And ills foreseen the present bliss destroy. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cowardadjective

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

  2. Cowardadjective

    destitute of courage; timid; cowardly

  3. Cowardadjective

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

  4. Cowardnoun

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

  5. Cowardverb

    to make timorous; to frighten

  6. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of coward in a Sentence

  1. Warren Zevon:

    There's nothing romantic, nothing grand, nothing heroic, nothing brave, nothing like that about drinking. It's a real coward's death.

  2. Polk County:

    That’s right, he didn’t want to die. He consciously and intentionally decided, he was an absolute coward. He looks like a man but he’s not a man, he’s a sniveling coward. He was a big bad dude when he had different firearms and shot and murdered a grandmother.

  3. Police Chief Randy Richardson:

    Please remember the man, yes, he was a police officer, but he was a human being. His five-month old he will never hear talk, he will never see his son walk... because a coward took his life.

  4. Hosea Ballou:

    Hatred is self-punishment. Hatred it the coward's revenge for being intimidated.

  5. Horace Smith:

    Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.

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    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    • A. adventure
    • B. attend
    • C. depend
    • D. inspire

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