- (British) IPA: /ˈkaʊədli/
cowardly (comparative cowardlier, superlative cowardliest)
- 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.
- French: lâche, veule, bas
- German: feige
- Italian: codardo, pusillanime, vigliacco, vile
- Portuguese: covarde, cobarde
- Russian: трусли́вый
- Spanish: cobarde
- (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