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cowardly

cow·ard·ly

cowardly

pronunciation:
kaU rd li
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or like a coward.
a cowardly retreat
synonyms:
chicken, craven, yellow
antonyms:
brave, daring
similar words:
chicken-hearted, chicken-livered, dastardly
definition 2: lacking courage, sometimes to a shameful degree.
synonyms:
craven, fainthearted
antonyms:
bold, brave, chivalrous, courageous, daredevil, gallant, lionhearted, strong, valiant
similar words:
afraid, dastardly, fearful, gutless, lily-livered, timid, timorous, yellow
 
part of speech: adverb
definition: like a coward.
In the face of danger he behaved cowardly.
synonyms:
cravenly, fearfully
derivation: cowardliness (n.)
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The word cowardly contains the following part:
-ly2 Old English adjective-forming suffix that means like; every (when attached to times)
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The suffix -ly2attaches primarily to native English nouns to form adjectives.