see also: Coward
  • (British) enPR: kou'əd, IPA: /ˈkaʊəd/
  • (America) enPR: kou'ərd, IPA: /ˈkaʊɚd/

coward (plural cowards)

  1. A person who lacks courage.
    • 1856: Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part II Chapter IV, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
      He tortured himself to find out how he could make his declaration to her, and always halting between the fear of displeasing her and the shame of being such a coward, he wept with discouragement and desire. Then he took energetic resolutions, wrote letters that he tore up, put it off to times that he again deferred.
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  1. Cowardly.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 17, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      It is a coward and servile humour, for a man to disguise and hide himselfe under a maske, and not dare to shew himselfe as he is.
    • circa 1605 William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act II, Scene 4,
      He rais’d the house with loud and coward cries.
    • 1709, Matthew Prior, “Celia to Damon” in Poems on Several Occasions, London: Jacob Tonson, 2nd edition, p. 89,
      Invading Fears repel my Coward Joy;
      And Ills foreseen the pleasant Bliss destroy.
  2. (heraldry, of a lion) Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs.

coward (cowards, present participle cowarding; past and past participle cowarded)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To intimidate.
    • , John Chalkhill, Thealma and Clearchus
      The first he coped with was their captain, whom / His sword sent headless to seek out a tomb. / This cowarded the valour of the rest, […]

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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