Cowardly vs Dirty - What's the difference?

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Cowardly is a related term of dirty.

As adverbs the difference between cowardly and dirty

is that cowardly is in the manner of a coward while dirty is in a dirty manner.

As adjectives the difference between cowardly and dirty

is that cowardly is showing cowardice; lacking in courage; basely or weakly fearful while dirty is unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime.

As a verb dirty is

to make (something) dirty.




(en adverb)
  • 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.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The cowardly rascals that ran from the battle.
  • * Burke
  • The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look danger in the face.




  • Unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime.
  • *
  • That makes one unclean; corrupting, infecting.
  • Morally unclean; obscene or indecent, especially sexually.
  • Dishonourable; violating accepted standards or rules.
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  • Corrupt, illegal, or improper.
  • Out of tune.
  • Of color, discolored by impurities.
  • (computing) Containing data which need to be written back to a larger memory.
  • (slang) Carrying illegal drugs among one's possessions or inside of one's bloodstream.
  • (informal) Used as an intensifier, especially in conjunction with "great".
  • Sleety; gusty; stormy.
  • * M. Arnold
  • Storms of wind, clouds of dust, an angry, dirty sea.
  • * (Douglas Adams),
  • Rain type 17 was a dirty blatter battering against his windscreen so hard that it didn't make much odds whether he had his wipers on or off.


    * (covered with or containing dirt) filthy, soiled, sordid, unclean, unwashed; see also * (violating accepted standards or rules) cheating, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike * (obtained illegally or by improper means) ill-gotten * (considered morally corrupt) base, dishonest, dishonorable, filthy, despicable, lousy, mean, sordid, unethical, vile * (considered obscene or indecent) indecent, lewd, obscene, raunchy, salacious * dingy, dullish, muddied, muddy


    * (covered with or containing dirt) clean * (violating accepted standards or rules) sportsmanlike * bright, pure

    Derived terms

    * dirtiness * dirty bomb * dirty code * dirty dance * dirty dancing * dirty girl * dirty grease * Dirty Harry * dirty joke * dirty laundry * dirty look * dirty magazine * dirty mouth * dirty old man * dirty rice * dirty Sanchez * dirty talk * dirty weather * dirty word * dirty work * dirty wound * do someone dirty * filthy dirty * quick-and-dirty * quick and dirty


    (en adverb)
  • In a dirty manner.
  • Synonyms

    * (in a dirty manner) deceptively, dirtily, indecently, underhandedly

    Derived terms

    * talk dirty


  • To make (something) dirty.
  • To stain or tarnish (somebody) with dishonor.
  • To debase by distorting the real nature of (something).
  • To become soiled.
  • Synonyms

    * (to make dirty) soil, taint; see also * (to stain or tarnish with dishonor) sully