a.1.Resembling a poltroon; cowardly.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But they either didn't believe in the movement (paging Governor John Kasich) or, and this is most significant, were afraid of the poltroonish patroons of political correctness; they lost sight of what Ronald Reagan called the difference "between critics and box office." After all, one of the characteristics of the establishment is that it's a rarefied realm in which political correctness reigns; consequently, even the good people within it can mistake pseudo-elite swill for popular will.
Not impressed by politicians' reasoning SIR - Watching Thursday night's Question Time held in Cardiff, I found myself somewhat disappointed with Carwyn Jones and Leanne Wood's poltroonish approach to the questions regarding Ched Evans' return to football.
Mencken, who described the American public as "the most timorous, sniveling, poltroonish in Christendom since the end of the Middle Ages."