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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.


  1. cowardly

    Cowardly refers to showing a lack of courage or bravery in facing danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, or fear. It implies a tendency to avoid or retreat from difficult or challenging situations.

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. Mark Levin:

    Ted Cruz is the most conservative candidate running, the most consistently conservative candidate running, i think Ted Cruz is a rock star. Cruz is like the conscience of a conservative in a Senate that is gutless, timid and cowardly.

  2. Charles Kingsley:

    It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, Can never know what true friendship means.

  3. Home Minister Safaraz Bugti:

    It was a remote-controlled device with 3-4 kg of explosives ... I think these kinds of cowardly acts will not reduce our morale.

  4. Baltimore Police Department:

    This week’s heinous incidents were another tragic reminder of the culture of violence that pervades Baltimore City, as I said last night, those who commit these violent, brazen and cowardly acts in our city will be held to account. Harrison thanked local, state and federal partners who aided in the investigation and said he received a call from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who.

  5. Lawanda McMullen:

    It just don't make no sense that a 7-year-old babylost her life in this McDonald's driveway. 7-year-old, six bullets riddled her little body because someone did a cowardly act.

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