Definitions for: Cowardly


[adj] lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley



Webster (1913) Definition: Cow"ard*ly, a.
1. Wanting courage; basely or weakly timid or fearful;
pusillanimous; spiritless.

The cowardly rascals that ran from the battle.
--Shak.

2. Proceeding from fear of danger or other consequences;
befitting a coward; dastardly; base; as, cowardly
malignity. --Macaulay.

The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look
danger in the face. --Burke.

Syn: Timid; fearful; timorous; dastardly; pusillanimous;
recreant; craven; faint-hearted; chicken-hearted;
white-livered.


Cow"ard*ly, adv.
In the manner of a coward. --Spenser.

Synonyms: caitiff, chicken, chickenhearted, coward(a), cowering(a), craven, cringing(a), dastard(a), dastardly, faint, fainthearted, fearful, funky, lily-livered, poltroon, poor-spirited, pusillanimous, recreant, timid, unmanly, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied

Antonyms: brave, courageous, fearless

See Also: afraid(p), ignoble

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