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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: coart, from coe 'tail'; probably from the idea of an animal with its tail between its legs

coward

noun
     
cow‧ard [countable]
someone who is not at all brave:
Try it. Don't be such a coward.
cowardly adjective:
a cowardly attack on a defenceless man

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