Definitions for: Coward


[n] a person who shows fear or timidity
[n] English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies (1899-1973)



Webster (1913) Definition: Cow"ard (kou"?rd), a. [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. (Her.) Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled
between his legs; -- said of a lion.

2. Destitute of courage; timid; cowardly.

Fie, coward woman, and soft-hearted wretch. --Shak.

3. Belonging to a coward; proceeding from, or expressive of,
base fear or timidity.

He raised the house with loud and coward cries.
--Shak.

Invading fears repel my coward joy. --Proir.


Cow"ard, n.
A person who lacks courage; a timid or pusillanimous person;
a poltroon.

A fool is nauseous, but a coward worse. --Dryden.

Syn: Craven; poltroon; dastard.


Cow"ard, v. t.
To make timorous; to frighten. [Obs.]

That which cowardeth a man's heart. --Foxe.

Synonyms: Noel Coward, Sir Noel Pierce Coward

See Also: actor, composer, craven, cur, dastard, dramatist, hesitater, hesitator, histrion, human, individual, milksop, Milquetoast, mortal, pansy, pantywaist, person, player, playwright, poltroon, quaker, recreant, role player, shrinking violet, shy person, sissy, somebody, someone, soul, thespian, trembler, vacillator, waverer

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