cowardly vs fearful what difference

what is difference between cowardly and fearful

English

Etymology

From Middle English *cowardly (adjective) and cowardly (adverb), equivalent to coward +‎ -ly. Displaced native Old English earg.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkaʊədli/

Adjective

cowardly (comparative cowardlier or more cowardly, superlative cowardliest or most cowardly)

  1. Showing cowardice; lacking in courage; weakly fearful.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:cowardly
    • 1780, Edmund Burke, speech at The Guildhall, in Bristol
      The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look danger in the face.

Derived terms

  • cowardlily

Translations

Adverb

cowardly (comparative more cowardly, superlative most cowardly)

  1. (archaic) In the manner of a coward, cowardlily.

Translations


Middle English

Alternative forms

  • couherdely, couwardli, cowardelye, cowarly, cowerdly, cowwardely, kowardely

Etymology

From coward +‎ -ly (adverbial suffix).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkuːardliː/

Adverb

cowardly

  1. In a cowardly or knavish way; cowardlily.

Descendants

  • English: cowardie (obsolete)

References

  • “cǒuardlī, adv.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.


English

Alternative forms

  • fearefull (obsolete)
  • fearfull (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English ferful, fervol, equivalent to fear +‎ -ful.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɪəfəl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɪɹfəl/
  • Rhymes: -ɪəɹfʊl
  • Hyphenation: fear‧ful

Adjective

fearful (comparative fearfuller or fearfuler or more fearful, superlative fearfullest or fearfulest or most fearful)

  1. Frightening.
  2. Tending to fear; timid.
    a fearful boy
  3. (dated) Terrible; shockingly bad.
  4. (now rare) Frightened; filled with terror.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:
      Those two great champions did attonce pursew / The fearefull damzell with incessant payns []

Synonyms

  • (frightened): frightened, timid, timorous
  • See also Thesaurus:afraid and Thesaurus:cowardly

Translations

Adverb

fearful (comparative more fearful, superlative most fearful)

  1. (dialect) Extremely; fearfully.

Further reading

  • fearful in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • fearful in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • Lauffer

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