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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.]
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an abject or contemptible coward
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]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||poltroon - an abject coward|
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
|Adj.||1.||poltroon - characterized by complete cowardliness|
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poltroon(archaic) [pɒlˈtruːn] N → cobarde mf
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