Origin of cowardMiddle English and Old French couard, coward, literally , with tail between the legs from Old French coue, coe, tail from Classical Latin cauda, tail
An example of coward is a man who runs the other direction after seeing a person who needs help.
Origin of cowardMiddle English from Old French couard from coue tail from Latin cauda
- A person who lacks courage.
(comparative more coward, superlative most coward)
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.
- A surname.
- Early in 1814 he saw Napoleon for the last time; the emperor upbraided him with the words: "You are a coward, a traitor, a thief.
- No one thinks you a coward, but that's not the point.
- "I never took you for a coward," Wynn taunted.
- She would have coward under the table all night, too frightened to go for help.
- "Well, I hope the person that buys it isn't such a coward" Clara stared at her.