Cowyard vs Coward - What's the difference?

cowyard | coward |

As a noun cowyard

is an enclosure for cows close by the farm.

As a proper noun coward is





(en noun)
  • An enclosure for cows close by the farm.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1864, author=John Hanning Speke, title=The Discovery of the Source of the Nile, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=On entering the palace we were shown into a cowyard without a tree in it, or any shade; and no one was allowed to sell us food until a present of friendship was paid, after which the hongo would be discussed. }}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1898, author=Eden Phillpotts, title=Children of the Mist, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Behind a cowyard of shattered stone pavement and cracked mud stood the farm itself, and around it extended the fields belonging thereto. }}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1912, author=Walter W. Skeat, title=English Dialects From the Eighth Century to the Present Day, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=There were no pigeons in the pigeon-house, and nothing but jack-daws; and so, after she had burned the beam, and the door-frame and the floor, she ran into the cowyard , through the small field, and fainted behind several pitchers of yeast. }}




    (en noun)
  • A person who lacks courage.
  • * 1856 : (Gustave Flaubert), (Madame Bovary), Part II Chapter IV, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
  • He tortured himself to find out how he could make his declaration to her, and always halting between the fear of displeasing her and the shame of being such a coward , he wept with discouragement and desire. Then he took energetic resolutions, wrote letters that he tore up, put it off to times that he again deferred.


    * chicken * See also

    Derived terms

    * cowardly * cowardice


    (en adjective)
  • Cowardly.
  • *, II.17:
  • *:It is a coward and servile humour, for a man to disguise and hide himselfe under a maske, and not dare to shew himselfe as he is.
  • * Shakespeare
  • He raised the house with loud and coward cries.
  • * Prior
  • Invading fears repel my coward joy.
  • (heraldry, of a lion) Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs.
  • English words suffixed with -ard