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ˈkaʊ ərd licow·ard·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cowardly, fearfuladjective

    lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

    "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley


  1. cowardlyadverb

    In the manner of a coward.

  2. cowardlyadjective

    Showing cowardice. Lacking in courage, unacceptably fearful, usually meant with some implication of a lack of consideration for others.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cowardlyadjective

    Etymology: from coward.

    An Egyptian soothsayer made Antonius believe that his genius, otherwise brave and confident, was in the presence of Octavius poor and cowardly. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 940.

    Let all such as can enlarge their consciences like hell, and style a cowardly silence in Christ’s cause discretion, know, that Christ will one day scorn them. Robert South, Sermons.

    I do find it cowardly, and vile,
    For fear of what might fall, so to prevent
    The time of life. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

  2. Cowardlyadverb

    In the manner of a coward; meanly; vilely.

    He sharply reproved them as men of no courage, who had most cowardly turned their backs upon their enemies. Richard Knolles.


  1. cowardly

    Cowardice is a trait wherein excessive fear prevents an individual from taking a risk or facing danger. It is the opposite of courage. As a label, "cowardice" indicates a failure of character in the face of a challenge. One who succumbs to cowardice is known as a coward.As the opposite of bravery, which many historical and current human societies reward, cowardice is seen as a character flaw that is detrimental to society and thus the failure to face one's fear is often stigmatized and/or punished.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cowardlyadjective

    wanting courage; basely or weakly timid or fearful; pusillanimous; spiritless

  2. Cowardlyadjective

    proceeding from fear of danger or other consequences; befitting a coward; dastardly; base; as, cowardly malignity

  3. Cowardlyadverb

    in the manner of a coward

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cowardly in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cowardly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of cowardly in a Sentence

  1. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani:

    We owe a profound debt to the soldiers who have lost limbs to buried bombs, to the brave veterans, and to the families who tragically lost their loved ones to the enemy's cowardly acts of terror, we owe a profound debt to the many Americans who have come to build schools, repair wells, and cure the sick. And we must acknowledge with appreciation that at the end of the day it is the ordinary Americans whose hard-earned taxes have over the years built the partnership that has led to our conversation today.

  2. L.F. Magister:

    Impossibilities is the easiest way to cowardly people find to justify their failures.

  3. John Steinbeck:

    A book is like a man -- clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.

  4. The Miami commissioner:

    It was more flick of his wrist from behind me when I was having lunch as he cowardly approached me from behind and ran away. This guy is not known as a very courageous guy. Actually, he’s quite a coward and appeared to be under the influence.

  5. Jussie Smollett:

    As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily, i am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident.

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