"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Sunday, 14 February 2010


Craven as an adjective means lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful.

Craven can also be a noun and like its alternative, cravenness, means an abject coward; ignoble coward; or poltroon.

1 comment:

  1. Or to add one of my personal favourites to the list:

    Pusillanimous nonentity

    I learned that from one of my teachers long, long ago.

    Cheers! Canadian Chickadee