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cowardly (ˈkaʊədlɪ Pronunciation for cowardly



  1. of or characteristic of a coward; lacking courage

Derived Forms

ˈcowardliness noun


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= faint-hearted, scared, spineless, gutless, base, soft, yellow, weak, chicken, shrinking, fearful, craven, abject, dastardly, boneless, timorous, weak-kneed, pusillanimous, chickenshit, recreant, caitiff, chicken-hearted, lily-livered, white-livered, sookie,

Translations for 'cowardly'

  • British English: cowardlyPronunciation for 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: جَبَانPronunciation for جَبَان
  • Brazilian Portuguese: covardementePronunciation for covardemente
  • Chinese: 胆怯的Pronunciation for 胆怯的
  • Croatian: kukavičkiPronunciation for kukavički kukavička
  • Czech: zbabělýPronunciation for zbabělý
  • Danish: kujonagtigPronunciation for kujonagtig
  • Dutch: lafhartigPronunciation for lafhartig
  • European Spanish: cobardePronunciation for cobarde
  • Finnish: pelkurimainenPronunciation for pelkurimainen
  • French: lâchePronunciation for lâchepeu courageux
  • German: feigePronunciation for feige
  • Greek: δειλόςPronunciation for δειλός δειλή
  • Italian: vigliaccoPronunciation for vigliacco vigliacca
  • Japanese: 臆病なPronunciation for 臆病な
  • Korean: 겁 많은Pronunciation for 겁 많은
  • Norwegian: feigPronunciation for feig
  • Polish: tchórzliwyPronunciation for tchórzliwy tchórzliwa
  • Portuguese: covardementePronunciation for covardemente
  • Romanian: laș laș, lașă, lași, lașe
  • Russian: трусливыйPronunciation for трусливый трусливая
  • Spanish: cobardePronunciation for cobarde
  • Swedish: fegPronunciation for feg fegt
  • Thai: อย่างขี้ขลาดPronunciation for อย่างขี้ขลาด
  • Turkish: korkakçaPronunciation for korkakça
  • Ukrainian: полохливий
  • Vietnamese: hèn nhátPronunciation for 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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