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1. cowardly

adjective. ['ˈkaʊɝdli'] lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted.

Synonyms

  • poor-spirited
  • fearful
  • yellow
  • craven
  • chicken
  • cowardliness
  • poltroon
  • lily-livered
  • funky
  • unmanly
  • pusillanimous
  • yellow-bellied
  • faint-hearted
  • dastardly
  • white-livered
  • afraid
  • recreant
  • caitiff
  • cowardice
  • timid
  • dastard
  • fainthearted
  • chickenhearted
  • faint

Antonyms

  • brave
  • unafraid
  • noble
  • bold

Etymology

  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • coward (English)
  • coart (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Words that Rhyme with Cowardly

  • absurdly
  • acidly
  • admittedly
  • advisedly
  • advisedly
  • allegedly
  • assertedly
  • assuredly
  • avidly
  • avowedly
  • awkwardly
  • badly
  • baldly
  • belatedly
  • blandly
  • blessedly
  • blindly
  • boldly
  • broadly
  • candidly

Example sentences of the word cowardly


1. Adjective
When the army has a tactical advantage, even the most cowardly soldiers feel brave.

2. Adverb
When the army is at a tactical disadvantage, even the bravest soldiers feel cowardly.

Quotes containing the word cowardly


1. If a work of art is rich and vital and complete, those who have artistic instincts will see its beauty, and those to whom ethics appeal more strongly than aesthetics will see its moral lesson. It will fill the cowardly with terror, and the unclean will see in it their own shame.
- Oscar Wilde

2. ...even a tiny bit of deceit is dishonorable when it's used for selfish or cowardly reasons.- Mr. Penderwick
- Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

3. I do not at all have the mind of a bully... in my mind bullies are intolerant of contrary opinion, domineering and rather cowardly. I would hope that none of those terms could be fairly used in describing me.
- Conrad Black

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