Definition of craven adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkreɪvn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkreɪvn//
(formal, disapproving) Brave
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lacking courage synonym cowardly opposite brave See related entries: Brave Word OriginMiddle English cravant ‘defeated’, perhaps via Anglo-Norman French from Old French cravante, past participle of cravanter ‘crush, overwhelm’, based on Latin crepare ‘burst’. The change in the ending in the 17th cent. was due to association with past participles ending in -en (see -en).
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