chick·​en·​heart·​ed ˈchi-kən-ˌhär-təd How to pronounce chickenhearted (audio)
: timid, cowardly
too … chickenhearted to accompany me in this perilous undertakingWashington Irving

Examples of chickenhearted in a Sentence

too chickenhearted to speak up, even though she knew a terrible injustice was being committed

Word History

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chickenhearted was in 1629

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Cite this Entry

“Chickenhearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


chick·​en·​heart·​ed ˌchik-ən-ˈhärt-əd How to pronounce chickenhearted (audio)
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