cowardly

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From coward +‎ -ly.

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cowardly (comparative more cowardly, superlative most cowardly)

  1. In the manner of a coward.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 48:
      I love to follow them, but not so cowardly, as my life remaine thereby in subjection.

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Adjective[edit]

cowardly (comparative cowardlier or more cowardly, superlative cowardliest or most cowardly)

  1. Showing cowardice; lacking in courage; basely or weakly fearful.
    • Shakespeare
      The cowardly rascals that ran from the battle.
    • Burke
      The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look danger in the face.

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