craven

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English craven (adjective).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹeɪ.vən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪvən

Adjective[edit]

craven (comparative more craven, superlative most craven)

  1. Unwilling to fight; lacking even the rudiments of courage; extremely cowardly.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:cowardly

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Noun[edit]

craven (plural cravens)

  1. A coward.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:coward

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Verb[edit]

craven (third-person singular simple present cravens, present participle cravening, simple past and past participle cravened)

  1. To make craven.

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Jamaican Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English craving.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /krʲeːvən/, /krʲeːbən/
  • Hyphenation: cra‧ven

Adjective[edit]

craven

  1. gluttonous, greedy
    • 2002, Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Robert Brock Le Page, Dictionary of Jamaican English[2] (in English), →ISBN, page 128:
      “Anancy .. walk home wid Puss an sey 'tap Bra Puss is how you dah play so nice wid Rat an noh eat him yet? Yuh no know sey Rat is nice meat?' Hear puss wid him craven self, 'true Bra Nancy?' []
      Anancy was walking back home with Cat and said "Wait a minute, Br'er Cat. How come you were playing so nice with Rat? Why didn't you eat him? Don't you know that Rat tastes great?' That greedy cat replied, 'Is that so, Br'er Anancy?' []
    Synonyms: gravalicious, licky-licky, nyamy-nyamy
    Da bwoy deh too damn craven. 'Im nuh come nyam off all a di food inna mi pot.
    That boy's bloody greedy. Can you believe he ate all the food in my pot?

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Allsopp (main editor), Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage, 2003 (reprint by The University of the West Indies Press, originally 1996 by Oxford University Press), ISBN 9789766401450 (originally ISBN-10: 976-640-145-4), page 175

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French cravanté (defeated), past participle of cravanter, from Latin crepare (to crack", "creak)

Adjective[edit]

craven

  1. Defeated.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English crafian, from Proto-Germanic *krafjaną (to demand).

Verb[edit]

craven

  1. desire; crave
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