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cowardly (ˈkaʊədlɪ



  1. of or characteristic of a coward; lacking courage

Derived Forms

ˈcowardliness  noun


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= faint-hearted, scared, spineless, gutless (informal), base, soft, yellow (informal), weak, chicken (slang), shrinking, fearful, craven, abject, dastardly, boneless, timorous, weak-kneed (informal), pusillanimous, chickenshit (US) (slang), recreant (archaic), caitiff (archaic), chicken-hearted, lily-livered, white-livered, sookie (New Zealand)

Translations for 'cowardly'

  • British English: cowardly Someone who is cowardly is easily frightened and so avoids doing dangerous or difficult things.I was too cowardly to complain.ˈkaʊədlɪ ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: جَبَان
  • Brazilian Portuguese: covardemente
  • Chinese: 胆怯的
  • Croatian: kukavički kukavička
  • Czech: zbabělý
  • Danish: kujonagtig
  • Dutch: lafhartig
  • European Spanish: cobarde
  • Finnish: pelkurimainen
  • French: lâchepeu courageux
  • German: feige
  • Greek: δειλός δειλή
  • Italian: vigliacco vigliacca
  • Japanese: 臆病な
  • Korean: 겁 많은
  • Norwegian: feig
  • Polish: tchórzliwy tchórzliwa
  • Portuguese: covardemente
  • Romanian: laș laș, lașă, lași, lașe
  • Russian: трусливый трусливая
  • Spanish: cobarde
  • Swedish: feg fegt
  • Thai: อย่างขี้ขลาด
  • Turkish: korkakça
  • Ukrainian: полохливий
  • Vietnamese: hèn nhát

Example Sentences Including 'cowardly'

Still cowardly , Anthony felt the need to lighten the atmosphere, to remind them both of banality, weather, routes, traffic, people.
Townsend, Eileen In Love and War
Even your cowardly flight from Chinon did not open his eyes.
Penman, Sharon Here Be Dragons
And from there, a secret and cowardly voice said in his mind, he could take a boat to Abhorsen's House.


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