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cra·ven

 (krā′vən)
adj.
Characterized by abject fear; cowardly.
n.
A coward.

[Middle English cravant, perhaps from Old French crevant, present participle of crever, to burst, from Latin crepāre, to break.]

cra′ven·ly adv.
cra′ven·ness n.

craven

(ˈkreɪvən)
adj
cowardly; mean-spirited
n
a coward
[C13 cravant, probably from Old French crevant bursting, from crever to burst, die, from Latin crepāre to burst, crack]
ˈcravenly adv
ˈcravenness n

cra•ven

(ˈkreɪ vən)

adj.
1. cowardly; contemptibly timid.
n.
2. a coward.
[1175–1225; Middle English cravant,cravaunde defeated < Old French craventé, past participle of cravanter to crush, overwhelm]
cra′ven•ly, adv.
cra′ven•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.craven - an abject coward
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
Adj.1.craven - lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful; "the craven fellow turned and ran"; "a craven proposal to raise the white flag"; "this recreant knight"- Spenser
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

craven

adjective cowardly, weak, scared, fearful, abject, dastardly, mean-spirited, timorous, pusillanimous, chickenshit (U.S. slang), chicken-hearted, yellow (informal), lily-livered The craven attackers pounced on the boy and stabbed him before fleeing.

craven

adjectivenoun
An ignoble, uncourageous person:
Translations
جَبان، رِعْديد
zbabělý
fejkujonagtig
huglaus
gļēvs

craven

[ˈkreɪvən] ADJ (liter) → cobarde

craven

[ˈkreɪvən] adj (= cowardly) [surrender, obedience] → lâche

craven

(liter)
adjfeig(e); a craven cowardein elender Feigling, eine feige Memme (geh)
nMemme f (geh)

craven

[ˈkreɪvən] adj (frm, pej) → vigliacco/a

craven

(ˈkreivən) adjective
cowardly.
References in classic literature ?
Archibald Craven, who lived at Misselthwaite Manor, she looked so stony and stubbornly uninterested that they did not know what to think about her.
Archibald Craven she began to cease to be sorry and to think he was unpleasant enough to deserve all that had happened to him.
The great door was opened by Flambeau himself, who had with him a lean man with iron-grey hair and papers in his hand: Inspector Craven from Scotland Yard.
I will read the inventory," began Craven gravely, picking up one of the papers, "the inventory of what we found loose and unexplained in the castle.
Where my jeddak leads I will follow, nor may any jeddak call me a coward or a craven unless I refuse to go where he dares to go.
Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore -- Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore
Then the ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore-- Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore
With her attention not a little distracted by these and a great many other incoherent exclamations of joy, Rose read the address, which was Craven Street, in the Strand.
Oliver needed no prompting to despatch, and in little more than five minutes they were on their way to Craven Street.
They considered M'Dougal as acting, if not a perfidious, certainly a craven part.
At the moment that we expected to see Sarian spearmen charging to our relief at Hooja's back, the craven traitor was sneaking around the outskirts of the nearest Sarian village, that he might come up from the other side when it was too late to save us, claiming that he had become lost among the mountains.
With livid face he stood, leaning for support against the table; his craven knees wabbling beneath his fat carcass; while his lips were drawn apart against his yellow teeth in a horrid grimace of awful fear.