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poltroon

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noun pol·troon \päl-ˈtrün\

Definition of poltroon

  1. :  a spiritless coward :  craven



Examples of poltroon

  1. <those poltroons in the state legislature who have caved in to bigotry on this important issue of basic civil rights>



Origin of poltroon

Middle French poultron, from Old Italian poltrone, probably akin to poltro colt, ultimately from Latin pullus young of an animal — more at foal


First Known Use: circa 1529


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poltroon

adjective pol·troon

Definition of poltroon

  1. :  characterized by complete cowardice



Examples of poltroon

  1. <a military commander who was so poltroon that he surrendered without having fired so much as a single shot>



1645

First Known Use of poltroon

1645



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