chickenhearted

adjective chick·en·heart·ed \ ˈchi-kən-ˌhär-təd \

Definition of chickenhearted

: timid, cowardly
  • too … chickenhearted to accompany me in this perilous undertaking
  • —Washington Irving

Examples of chickenhearted in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of chickenhearted

1653

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