Origin of cravenMiddle English cravant from Old French from cravanté, past participle of cravanter, to break from Vulgar Latin an unverified form crepantare, to cause to burst from Classical Latin crepare, to rattle, creak from Indo-European an unverified form krep- from base an unverified form ker- from source raven
A person who runs and hides when he hears any noise or sounds is an example of someone who might be described as craven.
Origin of cravenMiddle English cravant perhaps from Old French crevant present participle of crever to burst from Latin crepāre to break
(comparative more craven, superlative most craven)
- A coward.
(third-person singular simple present cravens, present participle cravening, simple past and past participle cravened)
- To make craven.
From Middle English craven (adjective)
- Panic slowly crossed his craven countenance.
- Whitaker, LL.D., F.S.A., History of the District of Craven (ed.
- The province was soon divided into three coast counties: Berkeley, extending from the Stono river to the Sewee and including Charleston; Craven to the north of the Sewee; and Colleton to the south of the Stono.
- All these lines approach the town from the north and east through an unattractive industrial district, but the central Wales branch of the London & North-Western railway from Craven Arms in entering it on the west passes through some beautiful woodlands and then skirts the bay, having parallel to it for the last 3 m.
- Ackerman, Naples and the Campagna Felice (1816); Craven, Tour through the Southern Provinces of Naples (1821); R.