from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking courage; cowardly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Showing ignoble cowardice, or contemptible timidity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Destitute of a manly or courageous strength and firmness of mind; of weak spirit; mean-spirited; spiritless; cowardly; -- said of persons, .
- adj. Evincing, or characterized by, weakness of mind, and want of courage; feeble.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lacking strength and firmness of mind; wanting in courage and fortitude; being of weak courage; faint-hearted; mean-spirited; cowardly.
- Proceeding from lack of courage; indicating timidity.
- Synonyms Poltroon, Dastard, etc. See coward.
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- Weak, feeble, timorous, spiritless, effeminate, dastardly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful
Middle English pusillanimus, from Late Latin pusillanimis : Latin pusillus, weak, diminutive of pullus, young of an animal; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots + animus, reason, mind; see anə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Derived from Latin pusillus ("very small") + animus ("spirit"). (Wiktionary)