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- Showing cowardice; lacking in courage; weakly fearful.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:cowardly
- 1780, Edmund Burke, speech at The Guildhall, in Bristol
- The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look danger in the face.
- (archaic) In the manner of a coward, cowardlily.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], part 1, 2nd edition, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, OCLC 932920499; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act II, scene v:
- We will not ſteale vpon him cowardly,
But giue him warning and more warriours.
- 1828, John Paul, A Refutation of Arianism, page 20:
- […] men who cowardly and hypocritically subscribe orthodox creeds, whilst they teach a different kind of doctrine!
in the manner of a coward
- English: cowardie (obsolete)