- Attacking a victim who cannot defend himself is an example of cowardly behavior.
- If you run and hide at the sound of any danger, this is an example of a cowardly person.
The definition of cowardly is something characterized by a lack of courage.
Exhibiting the characteristics of a coward, particularly ignoble fear: a cowardly surrender.
(comparative more cowardly, superlative most cowardly)
- In the manner of a coward.
(comparative cowardlier or more cowardly, superlative cowardliest or most cowardly)
From coward + -ly.
- He had behaved like a cowardly recruit who mutilates himself to escape military service.
- He is cowardly in war, and on one occasion was shut up for years in a huge brazen pot.
- The burning in her eyes had little to do with the creek water, and after such a cowardly display, she didn't want him to catch her crying.
- This, noble Horse, is my friend the Cowardly Lion, who is the valiant King of the Forest, but at the same time a faithful vassal of Princess Ozma.
- It was applied to those who advocated a policy of "cowardly moderation," and feuillantisme was associated with aristocratic in the mouths of the sansculottes.