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.
(Used in combination) Affected by something overwhelming; SYN. stricken, struck.