Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exhibiting the characteristics of a coward, particularly ignoble fear: a cowardly surrender.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In the manner of a coward.
  • adj. Showing cowardice. Lacking in courage, unacceptably fearful, usually meant with some implication of a lack of consideration for others.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wanting courage; basely or weakly timid or fearful; pusillanimous; spiritless.
  • adj. Proceeding from fear of danger or other consequences; befitting a coward; dastardly; base.
  • adv. In the manner of a coward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wanting courage to face danger, or to incur harm or pain; timid; timorous; fearful; pusillanimous.
  • Proceeding from fear of danger or harm; mean; base; befitting a coward: as, a cowardly action.
  • Synonyms Dastardly, craven, faint-hearted, chicken-hearted.
  • In the manner of a coward; dishonorably; basely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

Etymologies

From coward +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.