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coward

cow·ard

coward

 
 
pronunciation:
kaU rd
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: a person who lacks the courage to face danger, pain, or difficulty; a person easily discouraged or intimidated by fear.
synonyms:
chicken, craven, recreant, sissy
antonyms:
hero, heroine
similar words:
dastard, jellyfish, milksop, niddering, pantywaist, poltroon, weakling
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part of speech: adjective
definition: produced by or resulting from fearfulness.
his coward retreat
synonyms:
fearful, timid, timorous
similar words:
fainthearted, pusillanimous, weak
Word History
Coward is from an early French word that means "tail." Today we say that a frightened animal or person may "turn tail" and run.
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