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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English *cowardli (adjective) and couardli (adverb), equivalent to coward +‎ -ly.

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cowardly (comparative cowardlier or more cowardly, superlative cowardliest or most cowardly)

  1. Showing cowardice; coward; lacking in courage; basely or weakly fearful.
    • Shakespeare
      The cowardly rascals that ran from the battle.
    • Burke
      The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look danger in the face.

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cowardly (comparative more cowardly, superlative most cowardly)

  1. (archaic) In the manner of a coward, cowardlily.

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