- The definition of craven is someone or something cowardly, fearful or lacking in any type of courage.
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: Middle 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
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Origin: Middle English cravant, perhaps from Old French crevant, present participle of crever, to burst, from Latin crepāre, to break.
- craˈven·ly adverb
- craˈven·ness noun