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cai·tiff

 (kā′tĭf)
n.
A despicable coward; a wretch.
adj.
Despicable and cowardly.

[Middle English caitif, from Norman French, from Latin captīvus, prisoner; see captive.]

caitiff

(ˈkeɪtɪf)
n
a cowardly or base person
adj
cowardly; base
[C13: from Old French caitif prisoner, from Latin captīvus captive]

cai•tiff

(ˈkeɪ tɪf)
Archaic. n.
1. a base person; villain.
adj.
2. base; despicable.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin captīvus captive]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caitiff - a cowardly and despicable person
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
cur - a cowardly and despicable person
Adj.1.caitiff - despicably mean and cowardly
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley