Meaning of “coward” in the English Dictionary

"coward" in British English

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cowardnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkaʊ.əd/ us /ˈkaʊ.ɚd/ disapproving

B2 a person who is not brave and is too eager to avoid danger, difficulty, or pain:

They branded her a coward for informing on her colleagues during the interrogation.

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  • He despised himself for being such a coward.
  • He is a coward and a bully.
  • She considered him a coward for failing to join up in the war.
cowardly
adjective uk /ˈkaʊ.əd.li/ us /ˈkaʊ.ɚd.li/

B2

This was a particularly brutal and cowardly attack.
They are guilty of a cowardly failure to address the problem.
cowardice
noun [ U ] uk /ˈkaʊ.ə.dɪs/ us /ˈkaʊ.ɚ.dɪs/

You can accuse me of cowardice, but I still wouldn't fight in a war.

(Definition of “coward” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"coward" in American English

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cowardnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑʊ·ərd/ disapproving

person who is not brave, is easily frightened, or tries to avoid danger or difficulties:

A coward is someone who sends you a nasty letter without signing it.
cowardly
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˈkɑʊ·ərd·li/

disapproving

a cowardly act

(Definition of “coward” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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