AskDefine | Define craven

Dictionary Definition

craven adj : lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful; "the craven fellow turned and ran"; "a craven proposal to raise the white flag"; "this recreant knight"- Spenser [syn: recreant] n : an abject coward [syn: poltroon, recreant]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Unwilling to fight; lacking even the rudiments of courage; extremely cowardly.
  2. Defeated.

Derived terms



  1. A confessed coward.



  1. To make craven.



Extensive Definition

Craven is an area in North Yorkshire, England. The name Craven is Celtic (Cumbric) in origin and is related to the Welsh word craf, or 'garlic'. In the middle ages, the area was known for its wild garlic.
Craven, or Cravenshire has been used as a name for the area around Skipton for centuries, although the boundaries have differed. Occasionally Craven has included the local towns of Keighley (now part of the City of Bradford) and Barnoldswick (now part of the Lancashire borough of Pendle). There is a Craven ward in the borough of Bradford.


A Craven local government district of North Yorkshire came into being in 1974, centred on the market town of Skipton. In the changes to British local government of that year it was formed as the merger of Skipton urban district, Settle Rural District and most of Skipton Rural District, all in the West Riding of Yorkshire.


The largest town in Craven is Skipton. This is followed by Settle.
craven in German: Craven (District)
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