Definition of Coward

1. Noun. A person who shows fear or timidity.

2. Noun. English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies (1899-1973).

Definition of Coward

1. a. Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs; -- said of a lion.

2. n. A person who lacks courage; a timid or pusillanimous person; a poltroon.

3. v. t. To make timorous; to frighten.

Definition of Coward

1. Noun. A person who lacks courage. ¹

2. Adjective. Cowardly. ¹

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Definition of Coward

1. one who lacks courage [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Coward

cow shark
cow shot
cow shots
cow tipping
cow town
cow tree
cow trees
coward (current term)
cowardly lion
cowardly lions

Literary usage of Coward

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1887)
"Swift and other contemporaries frequently ridicule coward in company with Toland, ... coward left London about 1706, and in 1718 was residing at Ipswich, ..."

2. The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Being the History of the by James Terry White (1910)
"His earliest American ancestor was Rev, John coward, who came to this country ... Mr. coward attended the Chrystie street public school until he was nine ..."

3. The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine (1887)
"A coward ! Poor fellow, he has moral courage enough for a hero ! ... I cannot believe that a man who is so brave morally can be an utter coward physically. ..."

4. A Complete Word and Phrase Concordance to the Poems and Songs of Robert by J. B. Reid (1889)
"coward. Go frighten the coward and slave ! S. Farewell, thou fair day \ May coward ... S. Had I the wyte t Nor give [ye winds] the coward secret breath. ..."

5. The Book of the Short Story by Alexander Jessup, Henry Seidel Canby (1903)
"A coward A coward, by Guy de Maupassant (1850—1893), ... Maupassant's art, which makes the steps of such a story as A coward seem those of an inevitable ..."

6. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares (1859)
"The derivation of coward is doubted. It certainly might come from couard, French. ... We find here cowe used alone, in the sense of coward, and shall see ..."

7. The Best Plays by Burns Mantle, Louis Kronenberger (1899)
"BLITHE SPIRIT An Improbable Farce BY NOEL coward OF all those playwrights who sought diligently for escapist drama inspirations during the early, ..."

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