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Cowardly synonyms

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Showing or caused by timidity
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  1. Showing or caused by timidity
  2. Full of or subject to fear; timid
Easily frightened; lacking self-confidence; shy; timorous
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  1. Easily frightened; lacking self-confidence; shy; timorous
  2. Fearful and hesitant:
  3. Lacking self-confidence; shy.
Filled with fright; terrified
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  1. Filled with fright; terrified
Filled with fear; frightened:
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  1. Filled with fear; frightened:
  2. Filled with regret or concern. Used especially to soften an unpleasant statement:
  3. Having feelings of aversion or unwillingness in regard to something:
Extreme, as in degree or extent. Used especially of something negative:
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  1. Extreme, as in degree or extent. Used especially of something negative:
  2. Feeling fear; afraid
  3. Inclined to feel anxiety or apprehension; timid; nervous.
Characterized by reserve or diffidence:
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  1. Characterized by reserve or diffidence:
  2. Distrustful; wary:
  3. Easily startled; timid:
Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid:
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  1. Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid:
  2. Full of diffidence; lacking self-confidence; timid; shy
Pertaining to a thought or value that is considered outdated.
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  1. Pertaining to a thought or value that is considered outdated.
  2. Behind others in progress or development:
  3. Done or arranged in a manner or order that is opposite to previous occurrence or normal use.
Drawing back from contact with others, from publicity, etc.; reserved; shy
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  1. Drawing back from contact with others, from publicity, etc.; reserved; shy
  2. Shy and reserved; modest.
  3. Shy, introverted, liking privacy.
Able or quick to apprehend or understand
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  1. Able or quick to apprehend or understand
  2. Anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy:
  3. Anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy
Characterized by or showing emotional tension, restlessness, agitation, etc.
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  1. Characterized by or showing emotional tension, restlessness, agitation, etc.
  2. Vigorous in style or feeling; spirited:
  3. Marked by or having a feeling of unease or apprehension:
Eagerly wishing
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  1. Eagerly wishing
  2. Attended with, showing, or causing anxiety:
  3. Uneasy and apprehensive about an uncertain event or matter; worried.
Having the emotion of dismay.
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  1. Having the emotion of dismay.
In a state of panic.
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Easily scared; very timid.
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  1. Easily scared; very timid.
  2. Causing, or able to cause, fright
  3. (US, colloquial, dated) Subject to sudden alarm; nervous, jumpy.
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  1. Nervy, jumpy, on edge
  2. Marked by jittering movements:
  3. Having or feeling nervous unease:
Small and tender
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  1. Small and tender
  2. (Mil. Slang) Characterized by unnecessary discipline or pettiness
  3. Afraid; cowardly.
Cowardly; timid
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  1. Cowardly; timid
  2. Alternative form of chicken-hearted.
  3. Not brave; lacking courage; cowardly
Cowardly; timid
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Changed to a yellowish color as by age, as old paper
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  1. Changed to a yellowish color as by age, as old paper
  2. Having a yellow-brown skin color.
  3. Of the color yellow.
  1. (Figuratively) Uncourageous, cowardly.
  2. Having a belly that is yellow or yellowish. Used of certain birds, for example.
  3. Of an animal or reptile having a yellow underside or belly.
Timid, cowardly, or irresolute; fainthearted
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  1. Timid, cowardly, or irresolute; fainthearted
  2. Lacking courage; cowardly.
  3. Proceeding from or showing a lack of courage
Very cowardly; abjectly afraid
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  1. Very cowardly; abjectly afraid
  2. Characterized by abject fear; cowardly.
Of or like a dastard; mean and cowardly
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  1. Of or like a dastard; mean and cowardly
  2. In the manner of a dastard; marked by cowardice; pusillanimous
  3. Cowardly and malicious; base.
Failing to keep faith; disloyal; traitorous
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  1. Failing to keep faith; disloyal; traitorous
  2. (Now poetic, literary) Unfaithful to someone, or to one's duties or honour; disloyal, false. [from 17th c.]
  3. Unfaithful or disloyal to a belief, duty, or cause:
Having or showing a poor spirit; cowardly; timorous; abject
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  1. Having or showing a poor spirit; cowardly; timorous; abject
Characterized by or displaying a propensity to be mean; selfish, malicious, etc.
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  1. Characterized by or displaying a propensity to be mean; selfish, malicious, etc.
  2. Having or characterized by a malicious or petty spirit.
Lacking in strength of material or construction; unable to resist strain, pressure, etc.; easily torn, broken, bent, etc.
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  1. Lacking in strength of material or construction; unable to resist strain, pressure, etc.; easily torn, broken, bent, etc.
  2. (Gram.) Expressing variation in tense by the addition of an inflectional suffix rather than by internal change of a syllabic vowel; regular (Ex.: talk, talked, talked)
  3. Lacking intensity or strength; faint:
Forming a base
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  1. Forming a base
  2. Forming or serving as a base:
  3. Containing such metals:
(--- Sports) Not tense and therefore capable of absorbing the impact of a ball or puck and of catching, receiving, or controlling it:
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  1. (--- Sports) Not tense and therefore capable of absorbing the impact of a ball or puck and of catching, receiving, or controlling it:
  2. Gradually declining in trend; not firm:
  3. Not sharply drawn or delineated:
Uncharacteristic of, unbecoming to, or degrading to a man, especially in not conforming to stereotypical masculine traits such as stoicism and independence.
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  1. Uncharacteristic of, unbecoming to, or degrading to a man, especially in not conforming to stereotypical masculine traits such as stoicism and independence.
  2. (Of a behaviour or action) Cowardly, base.
  3. Lacking courage, resoluteness, etc.; cowardly, weak, etc.
Unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided.
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  1. Unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided.
  2. Indecisive or lacking in resolution
  3. Not resolute; wavering in decision, purpose, or opinion; indecisive; vacillating
Without spines, or thorny processes
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  1. Without spines, or thorny processes
  2. Lacking courage, resistance, willpower, etc.
  3. Having a weak or flexible backbone
Lacking courage or drive.
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  1. Lacking courage or drive.
  2. (Informal) Lacking courage, daring, perseverance, etc.
  3. Lacking substance; weak or insignificant.
Having the characteristics of a wimp; feeble, indecisive, cowardly.
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  1. Having the characteristics of a wimp; feeble, indecisive, cowardly.
Characteristic of a wimp
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Acting in a stealthy, furtive way.
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  1. Acting in a stealthy, furtive way.
  2. Not admitted or made known to others; secret
  3. Gradually growing or persistent:
(Of wood) Full of shakes or cracks; cracked.
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  1. (Of wood) Full of shakes or cracks; cracked.
  2. Shaking or trembling.
  3. Nervous; Anxious.
Flowing; easy; cursive.
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  1. Flowing; easy; cursive.
  2. Set in continuous or unbroken lines:
  3. Moving or advancing by running.
Very cowardly; abjectly afraid
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  1. Very cowardly; abjectly afraid
  2. Characterized by abject fear; cowardly.
Of or like a dastard; mean and cowardly
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  1. Of or like a dastard; mean and cowardly
  2. In the manner of a dastard; marked by cowardice; pusillanimous
  3. Cowardly and malicious; base.
Deficient in conviction or courage; timid.
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  1. Deficient in conviction or courage; timid.
Cowardly; timid
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Timid, cowardly, or irresolute; fainthearted
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  1. Timid, cowardly, or irresolute; fainthearted
  2. Lacking courage; cowardly.
  3. Proceeding from or showing a lack of courage
(Of a person) Showing characteristics that are not manly, such as being immature, effeminate or cowardly, which might be construed as an indicator of weakness or of baseness of character.
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  1. (Of a person) Showing characteristics that are not manly, such as being immature, effeminate or cowardly, which might be construed as an indicator of weakness or of baseness of character.
  2. Lacking courage, resoluteness, etc.; cowardly, weak, etc.
  3. (Of a behaviour or action) Cowardly, base.
(Mil. Slang) Characterized by unnecessary discipline or pettiness
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  1. (Mil. Slang) Characterized by unnecessary discipline or pettiness
  2. Made of chicken
  3. Small and tender
(Informal) cowardly; lacking courage
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  1. (Informal) cowardly; lacking courage
  2. (Informal) Lacking courage, daring, perseverance, etc.
  3. Lacking substance; weak or insignificant.
Changed to a yellowish color as by age, as old paper
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  1. Changed to a yellowish color as by age, as old paper
  2. Having a yellow-brown skin color.
  3. Of the color yellow.
  1. (Figuratively) Uncourageous, cowardly.
  2. Having a belly that is yellow or yellowish. Used of certain birds, for example.
  3. Of an animal or reptile having a yellow underside or belly.

Synonym Study

  • Dastardly connotes a sneaking, malicious cowardice that is manifested in a despicable act a dastardly informer
  • Pusillanimous implies an ignoble, contemptible lack of courage or resolution pusillanimous submission
  • Craven implies abject or fainthearted fear a craven fear for one's life
  • Cowardly , the general term, suggests a reprehensible lack of courage in the face of danger or pain a cowardly deserter
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