Coward meaning

kouərd
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A person who lacks courage.
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A person who lacks courage, esp. one who is shamefully unable to control fear and so shrinks from danger or trouble.
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The definition of a coward is a person who lacks courage and turns away from danger.

An example of coward is a man who runs the other direction after seeing a person who needs help.

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(heraldry, of a lion) Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs.
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One who shows ignoble fear in the face of danger or pain.
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A surname​.
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1899-1973; Eng. playwright, actor, and songwriter.
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Cowardly.
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Origin of coward

  • Middle English from Old French couard from coue tail from Latin cauda

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French coart, cuard (> French couard), from coe (“tail”) + -ard (“pejorative agent noun”); coe is in turn from Latin cauda. The reference seems to be to an animal “turning tail”, or having its tail between its legs, especially a dog.

    From Wiktionary