chickenhearted

adjective
chick·​en·​heart·​ed | \ ˈchi-kən-ˌhär-təd How to pronounce chickenhearted (audio) \

Definition of chickenhearted

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

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Examples of chickenhearted in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of chickenhearted

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chickenhearted was in 1653

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