poltroon

  • 1 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 …

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  • 2 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… …

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  • 3 Poltroon — Pol*troon , a. Base; vile; contemptible; cowardly. [1913 Webster] …

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

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  • 5 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… …

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

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  • 7 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 …

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  • 8 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 …

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  • 9 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… …

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  • 10 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 …

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  • 11 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 …

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  • 12 poltroon — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. cad; dastard, craven, coward. See cowardice. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. deserter, dastard, recreant; see coward , weakling . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An ignoble, uncourageous person: coward,… …

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  • 13 poltroon — pol|troon [ pal trun ] noun count LITERARY OLD FASHIONED a COWARD …

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  • 14 poltroon — pol·troon || pÉ‘l truːn /pÉ’l n. coward, timid person, wimp …

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  • 15 poltroon — [pɒl tru:n] noun archaic or literary an utter coward. Derivatives poltroonery noun Origin C16: from Fr. poltron, from Ital. poltrone, perh. from poltro sluggard …

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  • 16 poltroon — n. Coward, dastard, craven, milksop, mean wretch, skulk, recreant, sneak …

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  • 17 poltroon — noun (C) old use a coward …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 poltroon — n coward, dastard, craven, recreant, Archaic. caitiff, Archaic. niddering, man with the white feather, lily livered or white livered coward, craven coward; yellowbelly, mouse, baby, big baby, wheyface, invertebrate, Inf. jellyfish, backbone of… …

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  • 19 poltroon — pol·troon …

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  • 20 poltroon — pol•troon [[t]pɒlˈtrun[/t]] n. 1) a wretched coward; craven 2) marked by utter cowardice • Etymology: 1520–30; < MF poultron < early It poltrone idler, coward, der. of poltro foal < VL *pulliter, der. of L pullus young animal; see foal… …

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