As adjectives the difference between foolish and cowardly
is that foolish
is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise while cowardly
is showing cowardice; lacking in courage; basely or weakly fearful.
As an adverb cowardly is
in the manner of a coward.
Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
*:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
*:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
In the manner of a coward.
* , Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.48:
- I love to follow them, but not so cowardly , as my life remaine thereby in subjection.
Showing cowardice; lacking in courage; basely or weakly fearful.
- The cowardly rascals that ran from the battle.
- The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look danger in the face.