A contemptible or cowardly person: [as modifier]: a caitiff knight
More example sentences
- Your only comfort lay in the forced reflection, that, real as he looked, the poor caitiff was but imaginary, a bit of painted canvass, whom no delirium tremens, nor so much as a retributive headache, awaited, on the morrow.
- Peter is a caitiff who has risen to great heights politically: however, he is still a caitiff.
- He has for several years been playing snarling caitiffs in the wave of crime plays.
Middle English (denoting a captive or prisoner): from Old French caitif 'captive', based on Latin captivus '(person) taken captive' (see captive).
Definition of caitiff in:
- The US English dictionary