Someone who is acting cowardly is showing no courage. A politician who is afraid to tell the truth about his shadowy past can be described as cowardly.

Use the adjective cowardly to talk about a person whose knees knock together with fear, especially when he or she is afraid of doing the right thing. A famous example of a cowardly character is the Cowardly Lion from "The Wizard of Oz," who pretended to be ferocious but was actually lacking bravery.

Definitions of cowardly

adj lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

“" cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley”
filled with fear or apprehension
showing fear and lack of confidence
despicably mean and cowardly
chicken, chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied
easily frightened
craven, recreant
lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful
dastard, dastardly
despicably cowardly
faint, faint-hearted, fainthearted, timid
lacking conviction or boldness or courage
in a state of cowardly fright
characterized by complete cowardliness
poor-spirited, pusillanimous, unmanly
lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful
completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
brave, courageous
possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
adventuresome, adventurous
willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises
fearless, unafraid
oblivious of dangers or perils or calmly resolute in facing them
fearless and daring
desperate, heroic
showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort
unflinching in battle or action
game, gamey, gamy, gritty, mettlesome, spirited, spunky
willing to face danger
extraordinarily courageous
stalwart, stouthearted
used especially of persons
resolutely courageous
valiant, valorous
having or showing valor
firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
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