Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Like or befitting a coward; fearful; timorous; pusillanimous.

Part of speech: adverb

In a cowardly manner.

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Usage examples "cowardly":

  1. They already have an unhappy mother; may they be spared the memory of a cowardly one! - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  2. It had killed trust; but the ache in her went on just the same, even though Godfrey had been threatened by Uncle Creddle with a big stick, and had shown such a cowardly anxiety to escape a row. - "The Privet Hedge", J. E. Buckrose.
  3. But we have him, your highness, and he is in such a state of cowardly terror that he is ready to agree to anything, if you will but spare his life and set him free across the border. - "The Mad King", Edgar Rice Burroughs.