[kou-erd] /ˈkaʊ ərd/
Noel, 1899–1973, English playwright, author, actor, and composer.
a person who shrinks from or avoids danger, pain, or difficulty
Sir Noël (Pierce). 1899–1973, English dramatist, actor, and composer, noted for his sophisticated comedies, which include Private Lives (1930) and Blithe Spirit (1941)
mid-13c., from Old French coart “coward” (no longer the usual word in French, which has now in this sense poltron, from Italian, and lâche), from coe “tail,” from Latin coda, popular dialect variant of cauda “tail,” of uncertain origin + -ard, an agent noun suffix denoting one that carries on some action or possesses some quality, with derogatory connotation (see -ard).
The word probably reflects an animal metaphoric sense still found in expressions like turning tail and tail between legs. Coart was the name of the hare in Old French versions of “Reynard the Fox.” Italian codardo, Spanish cobarde are from French.
The identification of coward & bully has gone so far in the popular consciousness that persons & acts in which no trace of fear is to be found are often called coward(ly) merely because advantage has been taken of superior strength or position …. [Fowler]
As a surname (attested from 1255) it represents Old English cuhyrde “cow-herd.” Farmer has coward’s castle “a pulpit,” “Because a clergyman may deliver himself therefrom without fear of contradiction or argument.”
[noh-uh-mahy] /ˈnoʊ əˌmaɪ/ noun, Douay Bible. 1. (def 1).
- No end of
noun phrase An never-ending resource; something that goes on and on: no end to her nagging
[noh] /noʊ/ adverb 1. (a negative used to express dissent, denial, or refusal, as in response to a question or request) 2. (used to emphasize or introduce a negative statement): Not a single person came to the party, no, not a one. 3. not in any degree or manner; not at all (used with a […]
[noh-ee-sis] /noʊˈi sɪs/ noun 1. (in Greek philosophy) the exercise of reason. 2. Psychology. cognition; the functioning of the intellect. /nəʊˈiːsɪs/ noun 1. (philosophy) the exercise of reason, esp in the apprehension of universal forms Compare dianoia 2. (psychol) the mental process used in thinking and perceiving; the functioning of the intellect See also cognition […]