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Meaning of CRAVEN

Pronunciation:  'kreyvun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an abject coward
  2. [adj]  lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful; "the craven fellow turned and ran"; "a craven proposal to raise the white flag"; "this recreant knight"- Spenser

CRAVEN is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: coward(a), cowardly, fearful, poltroon, recreant, recreant
 See Also: coward



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cra"ven\ (kr?"v'n), a. [OE. cravant, cravaunde, OF.
    cravant? struck down, p. p. of cravanter, crevanter, to
    break, crush, strike down, fr. an assumed LL. crepantare, fr.
    L. crepans, p. pr. of crepare to break, crack, rattle. Cf.
    {Crevice}, {Crepitate}.]
    Cowardly; fainthearted; spiritless. ``His craven heart.''
          The poor craven bridegroom said never a word. --Sir. W.
          In craven fear of the sarcasm of Dorset. --Macaulay.
  2. \Cra"ven\, n. [Formerly written also cravant and
    A recreant; a coward; a weak-hearted, spiritless fellow. See
    {Recreant}, n.
          King Henry. Is it fit this soldier keep his oath?
          Fluellen. He is a craven and a villain else. --Shak.
    Syn: Coward; poltroon; dastard.
  3. \Cra"ven\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cravened} (-v'nd); p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Cravening}.]
    To make recreant, weak, spiritless, or cowardly. [Obs.]
          There is a prohibition so divine, That cravens my weak
          hand.                                    --Shak.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: base, caitiff, chicken, coward, dastard, dastardly, dunghill, dunghilly, funk, funker, gutless, lily-livered, poltroon, poltroonish, pusillanimous, quitter, recreant, spunkless, unmanly