follow Dictionary.com

Is irregardless a word?

craven

[krey-vuh n] /ˈkreɪ vən/
adjective
1.
cowardly; contemptibly timid; pusillanimous.
noun
2.
a coward.
verb (used with object)
3.
to make cowardly.
Idioms
4.
cry craven, to yield; capitulate; give up.
Origin of craven
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English cravant, cravaunde defeated < Old French craventé, past participle of cravanter to crush, overwhelm (< Vulgar Latin *crepantāre), influenced by Middle English creaunt defeated (see recreant)
Related forms
cravenly, adverb
cravenness, noun
uncraven, adjective
Synonyms
1. dastardly, fearful, timorous.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for craven
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "I wonder what the craven loon will do with her when he gets her," said Alt Pikker.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • And with the detective went a man whose gait was slinking, craven.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The priestly agent, after craven prayers for his life, was immured for a time in a cloister.

  • "craven Street, please," said the girl, and added a house number.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The Governor of Lanzarote continued to be in a craven state of anxiety, and would not hear of trading.

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
British Dictionary definitions for craven

craven

/ˈkreɪvən/
adjective
1.
cowardly; mean-spirited
noun
2.
a coward
Derived Forms
cravenly, adverb
cravenness, noun
Word Origin
C13 cravant, probably from Old French crevant bursting, from crever to burst, die, from Latin crepāre to burst, crack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for craven
adj.

early 13c., cravant, perhaps from Old French crevante "defeated," past participle of cravanter "to strike down, to fall down," from Latin crepare "to crack, creak." Sense affected by crave and moved from "defeated" to "cowardly" (c.1400) perhaps via intermediary sense of "confess oneself defeated." Related: Cravenly; cravenness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for craven

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for craven

11
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for craven