Definition of coward noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkaʊəd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊərd//
(disapproving) Brave, Fear
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a person who is not brave or who does not have the courage to do things that other people do not think are especially difficult You coward! What are you afraid of? I'm a real coward when it comes to going to the dentist. See related entries: Brave, Fear Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French couard, based on Latin cauda ‘tail’, possibly with reference to a frightened animal with its tail between its legs.
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