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ˈkaʊ ərdcow·ard

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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)

Wiktionary

  1. coward(Noun)

    A person who lacks courage.

    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.

  2. coward(Adjective)

    Cowardly.

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coward(adj)

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

    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.]

  2. Coward(adj)

    destitute of courage; timid; cowardly

    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.]

  3. Coward(adj)

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

    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.]

  4. Coward(noun)

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

    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.]

  5. Coward(verb)

    to make timorous; to frighten

    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.]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Homer, The Iliad:

    Even when someone battles hard, there is an equal portion for one who lingers behind, and in the same honor are held both the coward and the brave man; the idle man and he who has done much meet death alike.

  2. Joe Biden:

    I was responding to a comment Elizabeth Warren made, elizabeth Warren said that anyone who disagreed with Elizabeth Warren and took Elizabeth Warren on, on Elizabeth Warren issue of Medicare for All, somehow either was a coward, wasn't willing to stand up and state what they thought. Somehow doing something -- I think the phrase was should be in a Republican primary. When we talk about Medicare for All, people talk about taking two years, five years, 10 years to get it done. That doesn't give any real reassurance to people out there.

  3. Earl of Kent, _The_Tragedy_of_King_Lear_:

    A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest the least syllable of thy addition.

  4. Tarpon Springs:

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

  5. Horace Smith:

    Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.

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