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See also: Craven
- Unwilling to fight; lacking even the rudiments of courage; extremely cowardly.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:cowardly
- 1808 February 22, Walter Scott, “(please specify the introduction or canto number, or chapter name)”, in Marmion; a Tale of Flodden Field, Edinburgh: […] J[ames] Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Company, […]; London: William Miller, and John Murray, OCLC 270129616:
- The poor craven bridegroom said never a word.
- 2020 October 12, Andrew Marantz, “Why Facebook Can’t Fix Itself”, in The New Yorker:
- “But they’ve made some big carve-outs that are just absolute nonsense. There’s no perfect approach to content moderation, but they could at least try to look less transparently craven and incoherent.”
craven (plural cravens)
- A coward.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:coward
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene vii]:
- He is a craven and a villain else.
- To make craven.
- craven in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- craven in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- gluttonous, greedy
- 2002, Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Robert Brock Le Page, Dictionary of Jamaican English (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?' […]
- ^ 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
- icravet (past participle)