follow Dictionary.com

Is irregardless a word?

yellow streak

noun, Informal.
1.
a trait of cowardice in a person's character.
Origin of yellow streak
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for yellow streak
Historical Examples
  • Hard luck indeed for the sailor who does not know how to fight, or who shows a yellow streak!

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • Show 'em that the yellow streak can lick anything on this hill.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • "It is my yellow streak again," he muttered, wiping his eyes and grinding his teeth.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • Here is where Glutts shows 'em what the yellow streak can do!

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • Anterior ones having a yellow streak next the shoulders, edged with black.

  • He said the yellow streak could beat any thing in this vicinity.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • The yellow streak took a long time in showin', but it's in you, all right, Pierre le Rouge.

    Riders of the Silences John Frederick
  • But I always suspected he had a yellow streak in him and this proves it.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • But that night, staring into the face of three of the four, I saw the yellow streak.

    The River and I John G. Neihardt
  • I always said that joker had a yellow streak in him somewhere, and that was where he showed it.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for yellow streak

yellow streak

noun
1.
(informal) a cowardly or weak trait, characteristic, or flaw in a person's nature
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for yellow streak

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for yellow

12
13
Scrabble Words With Friends