- The definition of a coward is a person who lacks courage and turns away from danger.
An example of coward is a man who runs the other direction after seeing a person who needs help.
Origin of cowardMiddle English and amp; Old French couard, coward, literally , with tail between the legs ; from Old French coue, coe, tail ; from Classical Latin cauda, tail
Origin of cowardMiddle English, from Old French couard, from coue, tail, from Latin cauda.
- A person who lacks courage.
(comparative more coward, superlative most coward)
From Old French coart, cuard (> French couard), from coe (“tail”) + -ard (“pejorative agent noun”); coe is in turn from Latin cauda. The reference seems to be to an animal “turning tail”, or having its tail between its legs, especially a dog.
- A surname.