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Meaning of COWARDLY

Pronunciation:  'kawurdlee

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

COWARDLY is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: caitiff, chicken, chickenhearted, coward(a), cowering(a), craven, cringing(a), dastard(a), dastardly, faint, fainthearted, fearful, funky, lily-livered, poltroon, poor-spirited, pusillanimous, recreant, timid, unmanly, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied
 Antonyms: brave, courageous, fearless
 See Also: afraid(p), ignoble



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cow"ard*ly\, a.
    1. Wanting courage; basely or weakly timid or fearful;
       pusillanimous; spiritless.
             The cowardly rascals that ran from the battle.
    2. Proceeding from fear of danger or other consequences;
       befitting a coward; dastardly; base; as, cowardly
       malignity. --Macaulay.
             The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look
             danger in the face.                   --Burke.
    Syn: Timid; fearful; timorous; dastardly; pusillanimous;
         recreant; craven; faint-hearted; chicken-hearted;
  2. \Cow"ard*ly\, adv.
    In the manner of a coward. --Spenser.
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