- 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.
cowardly definition by Webster's New World
of or typical of a coward; shamefully fearful
in the manner of a coward
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- cowardliness noun
cowardly definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Exhibiting the characteristics of a coward, particularly ignoble fear: a cowardly surrender.
- cowˈard·li·ness noun
- cowˈard·ly adverb