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[pol-troon] /pɒlˈtrun/

a wretched coward; craven.
marked by utter cowardice.
an abject or contemptible coward
a rare word for cowardly

“A coward; a nidgit; a scoundrel” [Johnson, who spells it poltron], 1520s, from Middle French poultron “rascal, coward” (16c., Modern French poltron), from Italian poltrone “lazy fellow, coward,” apparently from *poltro “couch, bed” (cf. Milanese polter, Venetian poltrona “couch”), perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German polstar “pillow;” see bolster (n.)). Cf. also -oon.


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