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|part of speech:
||a person who does not have the courage to face danger, pain, or something difficult.
I'm a coward about speaking in front of an audience.
- chicken, sissy
- hero, heroine
- similar words:
- jellyfish, weakling
is from an early French word that means "tail." Today we say that a frightened animal or person may "turn tail" and run.