Cra·ven a. Cowardly; fainthearted; spiritless. “His craven heart.”
The poor craven bridegroom said never a word. --Sir. W. Scott.
In craven fear of the sarcasm of Dorset. --Macaulay.
Cra·ven, n. A recreant; a coward; a weak-hearted, spiritless fellow. See Recreant, n.
King Henry. Is it fit this soldier keep his oath?
Fluellen. He is a craven and a villain else. --Shak.
Syn: -- Coward; poltroon; dastard.
Cra·ven, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cravened p. pr. & vb. n. Cravening.] To make recreant, weak, spiritless, or cowardly. [Obs.]
There is a prohibition so divine,
That cravens my weak hand. --Shak.
adj : lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful;
"the craven fellow turned and ran"; "a craven proposal
to raise the white flag"; "this recreant knight"-
Spenser [syn: recreant]
n : an abject coward [syn: poltroon, recreant]