fearful; cowardly.
[1675–85, Amer.]
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Why, it does seem to me that of all the childish, idiotic, chuckle-headed, chicken-livered superstitions that ev -- oh, damn Merlin
We have denied them a hope of freedom from the results of global warming through our chicken-livered approach to those problems.
Standing firmly to his beliefs, he resigned from the Cabinet when all his chicken-livered colleagues supported the Bush/Blair alliance.
Send it in the direction of Real Madrid and chicken-livered UEFA, who fined the Spaniards a pathetic seven grand for their racist abuse of Bayer Leverkusen players in the Champions League.
This ranting chicken-livered coward should be sent to Afghanistan and forced to live under one of those regimes where free speech is not allowed.