poltroonish

poltroon

[pol-troon]
noun
1.
a wretched coward; craven.
adjective
2.
marked by utter cowardice.

Origin:
1520–30; earlier pultrowne, pultron, poultroone < Middle French poultron < Old Italian poltrone idler, coward, derivative of poltro foal < Vulgar Latin *pulliter, derivative of Latin pullus young animal; see foal

poltroonery, noun
poltroonish, adjective
poltroonishly, adverb


1. dastard.
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poltroon (pɒlˈtruːn)
 
n
1.  an abject or contemptible coward
 
adj
2.  a rare word for cowardly
 
[C16: from Old French poultron, from Old Italian poltrone lazy good-for-nothing, apparently from poltrīre to lie indolently in bed, from poltro bed]

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poltroon
"spiritless coward," 1529, from M.Fr. poultron "rascal, coward," from It. poltrone "lazy fellow, coward," apparently from *poltro "couch, bed" (cf. Milanese polter, Venetian poltrona "couch"), perhaps from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. polstar "pillow," see bolster).
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