• (British) IPA: /ˈkaʊədli/

cowardly (comparative cowardlier, superlative cowardliest)

  1. Showing cowardice; lacking in courage; weakly fearful.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene vii]:
      The cowardly rascals that ran from the battle.
    • The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look danger in the face.
Synonyms Translations Adverb


  1. (archaic) In the manner of a coward, cowardlily.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      , Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.48:
      I love to follow them, but not so cowardly, as my life remaine thereby in subjection.
  • French: lâchement
  • Italian: vigliaccamente, pusillanimamente, vilmente
  • Portuguese: covardemente, cobardemente
  • Russian: трусли́во
  • Spanish: cobardemente

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