- The definition of cowardly is something characterized by a lack of courage.
- 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.
of or typical of a coward; shamefully fearful
in the manner of a coward
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.