from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who shows ignoble fear in the face of danger or pain.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who lacks courage.
- adj. Cowardly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs; -- said of a lion.
- adj. Destitute of courage; timid; cowardly.
- adj. Belonging to a coward; proceeding from, or expressive of, base fear or timidity.
- n. A person who lacks courage; a timid or pusillanimous person; a poltroon.
- transitive v. To make timorous; to frighten.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who lacks courage to meet danger; one who shrinks from exposure to possible harm of any kind; a timid or pusillanimous person; a poltroon; a craven.
- n. In heraldry, an animal represented with the tail hanging down, or turned up between the legs, as a lion or other beast of prey. Also coué.
- Lacking courage; timid; timorous; fearful; craven: as, a coward wretch.
- Of or pertaining to a coward; proceeding from or expressive of fear or timidity: as, a coward cry; coward tremors.
- To make afraid.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who shows fear or timidity
- n. English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies (1899-1973)
Middle English, from Old French couard, from coue, tail, from Latin cauda.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French coart, cuard ( > French couard), from coe ("tail") + -ard ("pejorative agent noun"); coe is in turn from Latin cauda. The reference seems to be to an animal “turning tail”, or having its tail between its legs, especially a dog. (Wiktionary)