from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ignoble fear in the face of danger or pain.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Lack of courage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Want of courage to face danger; extreme timidity; pusillanimity; base fear of danger or hurt; lack of spirit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Want of courage to face danger, difficulty, opposition, etc.; dread of exposure to harm or pain of any kind; fear of consequences; pusillanimity; dishonorable fear.
- n. Synonyms Poltroonery, dastardliness, cowardliness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the trait of lacking courage
Middle English cowardise, from Old French couardise, alteration of couardie, from couard, coward; see coward.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English cowardise, from Anglo-Norman cuardise (modern French: couardise). (Wiktionary)