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"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 ​avoiddanger, ​difficulty, or ​pain: They branded her a coward for ​informing on her ​colleagues during the ​interrogation.

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cowardly
adjective uk   us   /-li/
B2 This was a ​particularlybrutal and cowardly ​attack. They are ​guilty of a cowardly ​failure to ​address the ​problem.
cowardice
noun [U] uk   /-ə.dɪs/  us   /-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 ​easilyfrightened, or ​tries to ​avoiddanger or ​difficulties: A coward is someone who ​sends you a ​nastyletter 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)
Translations of “coward”
in Korean 겁쟁이…
in Arabic جَبان…
in Malaysian penakut…
in French poltron/-onne…
in Russian трус…
in Chinese (Traditional) 膽小鬼,懦夫…
in Italian codardo, -a, vigliacco…
in Turkish korkak, tabansız, ödlek…
in Polish tchórz…
in Spanish cobarde, miedica, cagado…
in Vietnamese người nhát gan…
in Portuguese covarde…
in Thai คนขี้ขลาด…
in German der Feigling…
in Catalan covard, -a…
in Japanese おく病者…
in Chinese (Simplified) 胆小鬼,懦夫…
in Indonesian pengecut…
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