- 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.
The definition of cowardly is something characterized by a lack of courage.
Exhibiting the characteristics of a coward, particularly ignoble fear: a cowardly surrender.
(comparative more cowardly, superlative most cowardly)
- In the manner of a coward.
(comparative cowardlier or more cowardly, superlative cowardliest or most cowardly)
From coward + -ly.
- He had behaved like a cowardly recruit who mutilates himself to escape military service.
- He is cowardly in war, and on one occasion was shut up for years in a huge brazen pot.
- He had the good sense to trust his state affairs almost wholly to an able minister; but he was cowardly enough to deliver up that minister into the hands of his enemies.
- In this chronique the gods, like other gods, are adventurous warriors, adulterers, incestuous, homicidal, given to animal transformations, cowardly, and in fact charged with all human vices, and credited with magical powers.
- The covering of this savage but cowardly little night-prowler is a sort of short hair, not fur.