A coward is a person who loses courage in the face of danger. It’s also a person who harms innocent people or attacks someone without warning.
The man who killed innocent people at a nightclub was a coward.
His family has to live with the knowledge that he was a coward.
The young men who left their country without fighting for it were called cowards.
The cowards brought dishonor to their people and their nation.
The coward ran from the fight with his tail between his legs. (tail between one’s legs = This is an expression. It’s a reference to a dog that runs away in fear.)
The children on the playground called the boy a coward because he backed away from a fight.
The word "cowardly" is an adjective. This is unusual because an "ly" ending usually goes at the end of an adverb.
The cowardly and unprovoked attacks on the soccer fans were broadcast on television.
It was a cowardly act to raid the village in the middle of the night.
The Cowardly Lion, a character in the Wizard of Oz, is afraid of just about everything.
The word "cowardice" is a noun:
The man who committed the crime was condemned for his cowardice.
The men of the region have a reputation for cowardice.
The young man was condemned for his cowardice.
Note: This is a word often used when describing a man’s behavior, but it can be applied to women as well. The expectations for men and women are different when it comes to fighting. Also, a woman is much less likely to attack or kill compared to man. Statistics and facts bear this out as truth.