nounarchaic or literary
An utter coward.
More example sentences
- It encourages people to mail or email white feathers to Jonah to remind him that he is a lily-livered poltroon.
- I knew what they were both thinking, for I was thinking it myself; he was a yellowed-belly poltroon.
- The new history falsely portrayed the British administrators and armed forces of the 19th Century as either tyrants or poltroons, and the settlers as heroic refugees fleeing from an oppressive government in the British Isles.
early 16th century: from French poltron, from Italian poltrone, perhaps from poltro 'sluggard'.
Definition of poltroon in:
- The British & World English dictionary