cowardly

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English *cowardly (adjective) and cowardly (adverb), equivalent to coward +‎ -ly. Displaced native Old English earg.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkaʊədli/
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AdjectiveEdit

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

  1. Showing cowardice; lacking in courage; weakly fearful.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:cowardly

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AdverbEdit

cowardly (comparative more cowardly, superlative most cowardly)

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

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Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From coward +‎ -ly (adverbial suffix).

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

cowardly

  1. In a cowardly or knavish way; cowardlily.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: cowardie (obsolete)

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