Coward Cow"ard (kou"?rd), a. [OF. couard, coard, coart, n. and adj., F. couard, fr. OF. coe, coue, tail, F. queue (fr. L. coda, a form of cauda tail) + -ard; orig., short-tailed, as an epithet of the hare, or perh., turning tail, like a scared dog. Cf. {Cue}, {Queue}, {Caudal}.] 1. (Her.) Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs; -- said of a lion. [1913 Webster]

2. Destitute of courage; timid; cowardly. [1913 Webster]

Fie, coward woman, and soft-hearted wretch. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Belonging to a coward; proceeding from, or expressive of, base fear or timidity. [1913 Webster]

He raised the house with loud and coward cries. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Invading fears repel my coward joy. --Proir. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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