Definitions for: Craven

[n] an abject coward
[adj] lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful; "the craven fellow turned and ran"; "a craven proposal to raise the white flag"; "this recreant knight"- Spenser

Webster (1913) Definition: Cra"ven (kr?"v'n), a. [OE. cravant, cravaunde, OF.
cravant? struck down, p. p. of cravanter, crevanter, to
break, crush, strike down, fr. an assumed LL. crepantare, fr.
L. crepans, p. pr. of crepare to break, crack, rattle. Cf.
Crevice, Crepitate.]
Cowardly; fainthearted; spiritless. ``His craven heart.''

The poor craven bridegroom said never a word. --Sir. W.

In craven fear of the sarcasm of Dorset. --Macaulay.

Cra"ven, n. [Formerly written also cravant and
A recreant; a coward; a weak-hearted, spiritless fellow. See
Recreant, n.

King Henry. Is it fit this soldier keep his oath?
Fluellen. He is a craven and a villain else. --Shak.

Syn: Coward; poltroon; dastard.

Cra"ven, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cravened (-v'nd); p. pr.
& vb. n. Cravening.]
To make recreant, weak, spiritless, or cowardly. [Obs.]

There is a prohibition so divine, That cravens my weak
hand. --Shak.

Synonyms: coward(a), cowardly, fearful, poltroon, recreant, recreant

See Also: coward

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