cowardly

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From Middle English *cowardli (adjective) and couardli (adverb), equivalent to coward +‎ -ly.

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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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Adverb[edit]

cowardly (comparative more cowardly, superlative most cowardly)

  1. (archaic) In the manner of a coward, cowardlily.
    • , Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.48:
      I love to follow them, but not so cowardly, as my life remaine thereby in subjection.
    • 1828, John Paul, A Refutation of Arianism
      [] men who cowardly and hypocritically subscribe orthodox creeds, whilst they teach a different kind of doctrine!

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