Coward vs Slack - What's the difference?

coward | slack |

As a proper noun coward

is .

As a verb slack is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(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




  • (uncountable) Small coal; coal dust.
  • (Raymond)
  • (countable) A valley, or small, shallow dell.
  • (uncountable) The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it.
  • The slack of a rope or of a sail.
  • (countable) A tidal marsh or shallow, that periodically fills and drains.
  • Synonyms

    * culm * (tidal marsh) slough

    Derived terms

    * (coal dust) nutty slack


  • Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended.
  • a slack rope
  • Weak; not holding fast.
  • a slack hand
  • Remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not earnest or eager.
  • slack in duty or service
  • * Bible, 2 Peter iii. 9
  • The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness.
  • Not violent, rapid, or pressing.
  • Business is slack .
  • * {{quote-book, year=1928, author=Lawrence R. Bourne
  • , title=Well Tackled! , chapter=3 citation , passage=“They know our boats will stand up to their work,” said Willison, “and that counts for a good deal. A low estimate from us doesn't mean scamped work, but just for that we want to keep the yard busy over a slack time.”}}
  • (slang, West Indies) vulgar; sexually explicit, especially in dancehall music
  • Synonyms

    * slow, moderate, easy

    Derived terms

    * slack-jawed


  • Slackly.
  • slack dried hops


    (en verb)
  • To slacken.
  • * Robert South
  • In this business of growing rich, poor men should slack their pace.
  • (obsolete) To mitigate; to reduce the strength of.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , III.7:
  • Ne did she let dull sleepe once to relent, / Nor wearinesse to slack her hast, but fled / Ever alike [...].
  • to procrastinate; to be lazy
  • to refuse to exert effort
  • To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination with water; to slake.
  • Lime slacks .

    Derived terms

    * skive off


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