Definition of "cowardly" []

  • Exhibiting the characteristics of a coward, particularly ignoble fear: a cowardly surrender. (adjective)
  • Of or characteristic of a coward; lacking courage (adjective)

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Use "cowardly" in a sentence
  • "Another translation of the Bible uses the word cowardly instead of fearful."
  • "The Ogaden rebels, meanwhile, issued a statement condemning what they called the "cowardly and cold-blooded attack"."
  • "I use the word "cowardly" because there's no other way to call someone who writes this and then hides behind an anonymous name."