from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A base coward: "Every moment of the fashion industry's misery is richly deserved by the designers . . . and magazine poltroons who perpetuate this absurd creation” ( Nina Totenberg).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ignoble or total coward; a dastard; a mean-spirited wretch.
- adj. Cowardly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An arrant coward; a dastard; a craven; a mean-spirited wretch.
- adj. Base; vile; contemptible; cowardly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lazy, idle fellow; a sluggard; a fellow without spirit or courage; a dastard; a coward.
- n. Synonyms Craven, Dastard, etc. See coward.
- Base; cowardly; contemptible.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by complete cowardliness
- n. an abject coward
French poltron, from Old Italian poltrone, coward, idler, perhaps augmentative of poltro, unbroken colt (from Vulgar Latin *pulliter, from Latin pullus, young animal; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots) or from poltro, bed, lazy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French poltron, from Italian poltrone (Wiktionary)