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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French coart, cuard ( > French couard), from coe (tail) + -ard (pejorative agent noun suffix); coe is in turn from Latin cauda. The reference seems to be to an animal “turning tail”, or having its tail between its legs, especially a dog. Unrelated to cower.

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coward (plural cowards)

  1. A person who lacks courage.

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coward (comparative more coward, superlative most coward)

  1. Cowardly.
  2. (heraldry, of a lion) Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs.

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coward (third-person singular simple present cowards, present participle cowarding, simple past and past participle cowarded)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To intimidate.
    • John Chalkhill, Thealma and Clearchus
      The first he coped with was their captain, whom / His sword sent headless to seek out a tomb. / This cowarded the valour of the rest, []

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