coward

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French coart, cuard ( > French couard), from coe (tail) + -ard (pejorative agent noun suffix); [Term?] (coe) is in turn from Latin cauda. The reference seems to be to an animal “turning tail”, or having its tail between its legs, especially a dog. Unrelated to cower.

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coward (plural cowards)

  1. A person who lacks courage.

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coward (comparative more coward, superlative most coward)

  1. Cowardly.
  2. (heraldry, of a lion) Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs.

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