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    coward and cowardly

    Hello. Happy New Year to you all.
    All the dictionaries, Longman, Oxford, Cambridge, Macmillan and thefreedictionary, I have looked them up say that "coward" as a noun and "cowardly" as an adjective. However, this dictionary says that "coward" is both a noun and an adjective.

    coward
    noun
    1.a person who lacks courage in facing danger, difficulty, opposition,pain, etc.; a timid or easily intimidated person.

    adjective
    2.lacking courage; very fearful or timid.

    3.proceeding from or expressive of fear or timidity:a coward cry.


    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/coward?jss=0

    cowardly
    adjective
    1.lacking courage; contemptibly timid.

    2.characteristic of or befitting a coward; despicably mean, covert, orunprincipled:a cowardly attack on a weak, defenseless man.


    adverb
    3.like a coward.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cowardly?s=t

    Therefore, I am wondering if there is any difference between "coward" and "cowardly" as adjectives. Help please.

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    Re: coward and cowardly

    I simply would not use it as an adjective. The dictionary says it's valid, but it would sound very odd to me if you did.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: coward and cowardly

    The use of "coward" as an adjective is very dated. You could find its use in some old literature, but it is really not used in that way currently.

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