poltroon


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pol·troon

 (pŏl-tro͞on′)
n.
An utter coward.

[French poltron, from Old Italian poltrone, coward, idler, perhaps augmentative of poltro, unbroken colt (from Vulgar Latin *pulliter, from Latin pullus, young animal; see pau- in Indo-European roots) or from poltro, bed, lazy.]

pol·troon′er·y n.

poltroon

(pɒlˈtruːn) or

poultroone

n
an abject or contemptible coward
adj
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]

pol•troon

(pɒlˈtrun)

n.
1. a wretched coward; craven.
adj.
2. marked by utter cowardice.
[1520–30; < Middle French poultron < early Italian poltrone idler, coward, derivative of poltro foal < Vulgar Latin *pulliter, derivative of Latin pullus young animal; see foal]
pol•troon′er•y, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poltroon - an abject coward
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
Adj.1.poltroon - characterized by complete cowardliness
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

poltroon

noun
An ignoble, uncourageous person:
Translations

poltroon

(archaic) [pɒlˈtruːn] Ncobarde mf

poltroon

n (liter)feiger Wicht, Memme f
References in classic literature ?
What a miserable little poltroon had fear, engendered of unjust punishment, made of me in those days
It would be easier for the weakest poltroon that lives, to erase himself from existence, than to erase one letter of his name or crimes from the knitted register of Madame Defarge.
Russians, when abroad, are over-apt to play the poltroon, to watch all their words, and to wonder what people are thinking of their conduct, or whether such and such a thing is 'comme il faut.
No lying poltroon, but a courageous man whom you all love.
There is nothing beyond that door, with thou, poltroon, to which death in this little chamber would not be preferable.
Then, having said everything that could stir a man's spleen or pique his valor, they would dare their imaginary hearers, now that the Bannacks were few in number, to come and take their revenge--receiving no reply to this valorous bravado, they would conclude by all kinds of sneers and insults, deriding the Blackfeet for dastards and poltroons, that dared not accept their challenge.
Should they fall upon a band of inferior force, or upon a village, weakly defended, they act with the ferocity of true poltroons, slaying all the men, and carrying off the women and children as slaves.
POLTROON A Noisy buffoon B A cowardly person C Medieval name for an inn keeper who am I?
Those who have made an art form of taking offense when truth is spoken will find no poltroon here.
It's a sordid episode in four decades of poltroon in the Middle East.
ROANE WILL NEVER ADMIT TO HIS FAULTS, AND I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE TO THAT SWAGGERING POLTROON FOR DOING PM.
The brandy-swilling poltroon does nothing but sit out on his veranda waiting for Cataleya to sniff him out and finish him off.