cowardly


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cow·ard·ly

 (kou′ərd-lē)
adj.
Exhibiting the characteristics of a coward, particularly ignoble fear: a cowardly surrender.

cow′ard·li·ness n.
cow′ard·ly adv.

cowardly

(ˈkaʊədlɪ)
adj
of or characteristic of a coward; lacking courage
ˈcowardliness n

cow•ard•ly

(ˈkaʊ ərd li)

adj.
1. characteristic of or befitting a coward.
adv.
2. in a cowardly manner.
[1275–1325]
cow′ard•li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cowardly - lacking couragecowardly - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley
afraid - filled with fear or apprehension; "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"
timid - showing fear and lack of confidence
ignoble - completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose; "something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude"; "I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part"- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
brave, courageous - possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching; "Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver but less daring"- Herman Melville; "a frank courageous heart...triumphed over pain"- William Wordsworth; "set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory"

cowardly

adjective faint-hearted, scared, spineless, gutless (informal), base, soft, yellow (informal), weak, chicken (slang), shrinking, fearful, craven, abject, dastardly, timorous, weak-kneed (informal), pusillanimous, chickenshit (U.S. slang), chicken-hearted, lily-livered, white-livered, sookie (N.Z.) I was too cowardly to complain.
brave, daring, bold, courageous, audacious, intrepid, valiant, plucky, doughty, dauntless

cowardly

adjective
Translations
جَبانجَبَان
zbabělý
kujonagtig
pelkurimainen
kukavički
gyáva
huglaus
臆病な
겁 많은
feg
อย่างขี้ขลาด
hèn nhát

cowardly

[ˈkaʊədlɪ] ADJcobarde

cowardly

[ˈkaʊərdli] adj [person, action] → lâche

cowardly

adjfeig(e)

cowardly

[ˈkaʊədlɪ] adjvigliacco/a

coward

(ˈkauəd) noun
a person who shows fear easily or is easily frightened. I am such a coward – I hate going to the dentist.
ˈcowardly adjective
ˈcowardice (-dis) noun
ˈcowardliness noun

cowardly

جَبَان zbabělý kujonagtig feige δειλός cobarde pelkurimainen lâche kukavički vigliacco 臆病な 겁 많은 lafhartig feig tchórzliwy covardemente трусливый feg อย่างขี้ขลาด korkakça hèn nhát 胆怯的
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For a minute a wild desire to run away possessed her, but that was cowardly, and the girls would laugh at her, so she resolved to stay and get out of the scrape as she could.
It is one of their customs to write in books what they have done and seen, instead of telling them in their villages, where the lie can be given to the face of a cowardly boaster, and the brave soldier can call on his comrades to witness for the truth of his words.
One hundred pounds of clay reward for Pip; five feet high-- looks cowardly --quickest known by that
Then he talked to all the boys very seriously about cruelty, and said how hard-hearted and cowardly it was to hurt the weak and the helpless; but what stuck in my mind was this, he said that cruelty was the devil's own trade-mark, and if we saw any one who took pleasure in cruelty we might know who he belonged to, for the devil was a murderer from the beginning, and a tormentor to the end.
So it might be with some monarch of the forest that has vanquished his foes in fair fight, and then falls into some cowardly trap in the night-time.
Tom had a remarkably smooth, soft voice, and a habitually respectful manner, that had given Legree an idea that he would be cowardly, and easily subdued.
They felt cowardly and treacherous to the last degree when Potter said:
He's tall, and lazy, and sly, and sneaky, and ruther cowardly, too, but kind of good-natured, and wears long brown hair and no beard, and hasn't got a cent, and Brace boards him for nothing, and gives him his old clothes to wear, and despises him.
The cowardly children crept nearer also, Isabella lisping - "Frightful thing
My own love, remember the better days at home before that cowardly villain stole his way into your heart; remember the happy time at Combe-Raven when we were always together.
In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.
The ghosts live only in their cowardly hearts; there are but wolves.