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
  1. adjective
    lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
    “" cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley”
    synonyms: fearful
    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
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    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
    doughty, stalwart, stouthearted
    possessing or displaying courage
    resolutely courageous
    valiant, valorous
    having or showing valor
    firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
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