poltroon

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/pɒlˈtruːn/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(pol tro̅o̅n)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pol•troon  (pol tro̅o̅n),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a wretched coward;
    craven.

adj. 
  1. marked by utter cowardice.
pol•trooner•y, n. 
pol•troonish, adj. 
pol•troonish•ly, adv. 
  • Vulgar Latin *pulliter, derivative of Latin pullus young animal; see foal
  • Old Italian poltrone idler, coward, derivative of poltro foal
  • Middle French poultron
  • earlier pultrowne, pultron, poultroone 1520–30
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dastard.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
poltroon /pɒlˈtruːn/ n
  1. an abject or contemptible coward
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French poultron, from Old Italian poltrone lazy good-for-nothing, apparently from poltrīre to lie indolently in bed, from poltro bed
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