Lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; SYN. coward, fearful.
ETYM Old Eng. cravant, cravaunde, Old Fren. cravanté struck down, p. p. of cravanter, crevanter, to break, from Latin crepans, p. pr. of crepare to break, crack, rattle. Related to Crevice, Crepitate.
Lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful; SYN. recreant.
In the manner of a coward.
In a cowardly manner, fearfully