poltroon
I. noun Etymology: Middle French poultron, from Old Italian poltrone, probably akin to poltro colt, ultimately from Latin pullus young of an animal — more at foal Date: circa 1529 a spiritless coward ; craven II. adjective Date: 1645 characterized by complete cowardice

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  • Poltroon — was a successful event horse ridden by American rider Torrance Watkins.* Color: pinto * Height: 15.1 hh * Sex: mare * Rider: Torrance Watkins * Breeder: Susie Beckman * Owner: The Marra FamilyBeckman, of Cincinnati, Ohio, bred her pinto pony mare …   Wikipedia

  • Poltroon — Pol*troon , n. [F. poltron, from It. poltrone an idle fellow, sluggard, coward, poltro idle, lazy, also, bed, fr. OHG. polstar, bolstar, cushion, G. polster, akin to E. bolster. See {Bolster}.] An arrant coward; a dastard; a craven; a mean… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Poltroon — Pol*troon , a. Base; vile; contemptible; cowardly. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poltroon — index recreant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • poltroon — (n.) spiritless coward, 1520s, from M.Fr. poultron rascal, coward, from It. poltrone lazy fellow, coward, apparently from *poltro couch, bed (Cf. Milanese polter, Venetian poltrona couch ), perhaps from a Germanic source (Cf. O.H.G. polstar… …   Etymology dictionary

  • poltroon — ► NOUN archaic or literary ▪ an utter coward. ORIGIN Italian poltrone, perhaps from poltro lazy …   English terms dictionary

  • poltroon — [päl tro͞on′] n. [Fr poltron < It poltrone, coward < poltro, colt < VL * pulliter, prob. < pullus, young animal, chick: see POULTRY] a thorough coward; craven adj. cowardly poltroonery [päl tro͞on′ər ē] n …   English World dictionary

  • poltroon — 1. noun /pɒlˈtɹuːn,pɑlˈtɹun/ An ignoble or total coward; a dastard; a mean spirited wretch. To gain life by means of a breach of faith and honour, were indeed to render myself the poltroon, and the villain my accusers believe me. Syn …   Wiktionary

  • poltroon — poltroonery, n. poltroonish, adj. poltroonishly, adv. /pol troohn /, n. 1. a wretched coward; craven. adj. 2. marked by utter cowardice. [1520 30; earlier pultrowne, pultron, poultroone < MF poultron < OIt poltrone idler, coward, deriv. of poltro …   Universalium

  • poltroon — Synonyms and related words: arrant coward, base, caitiff, chicken, coward, craven, dastard, dastardly, dunghill, dunghilly, funk, funker, gutless, lily livered, poltroonish, pusillanimous, quitter, recreant, sneak, spunkless, unmanly …   Moby Thesaurus

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