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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