Origin of cowardMiddle English and Old French couard, coward, literally , with tail between the legs from Old French coue, coe, tail from Classical Latin cauda, tail
An example of coward is a man who runs the other direction after seeing a person who needs help.
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.
- Early in 1814 he saw Napoleon for the last time; the emperor upbraided him with the words: "You are a coward, a traitor, a thief.
- No one thinks you a coward, but that's not the point.
- Only the clergy, naturally conservative, still clung to the king, and Sigismund III., who was no coward, at once proceeded to Cracow to overawe the rokoszanie, or insurrectionists, by his proximity, and take the necessary measures for his own protection.
- "I never took you for a coward," Wynn taunted.
- She would have coward under the table all night, too frightened to go for help.