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- adj. cowardly; timid
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Cowardly; timid; chicken-hearted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Timid; cowardly; dastardly; chicken-hearted.
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The hen-hearted rascal is so cowardly that he berays himself for fear every day.
But damn ye altogether for a pack of crafty rascals, and you, who serve them, for a parcel of hen-hearted numbskulls!
'No, no; I understand,' said her hostess: 'you are hen-hearted over your adopted brood.
A hen-hearted fellow has been put forward as the candidate of the malcontents, who can be easily driven from the canvass by his personal fears.
Were this not bitter, 'twould lack of the manifold virtues it possesseth; amongst which are that it digesteth food and disperseth cark and care and dispelleth flatulence and clarifieth the blood and cleareth the complexion and quickeneth the body and hearteneth the hen-hearted and fortifieth the sexual power in man; but to name all its virtues would be tedious.
A few thousands of these sturdy fellows would put to flight an army of hen-hearted Hindús or
"You had betther not be mintioning his name, you _omadhaun_," replied the other; "if I was your age, and hadn't a wife and childre on my hands, it's myself that would trust in God, and go down manfully; but the people are hen-hearted now, besides what they used to be in my time."
But, as it was generally suspected by the corps that Jonathan was, at best, hen-hearted, he met with little, indeed I may say no sympathy on account of his complaints, but rather with contempt; for there was not a man in our whole regiment, save himself, that did not hate cowardice with his whole heart, and despise it with his whole soul.
Come, heave in the sack -- We were d-- mn'd fools, for taking such a hen-hearted fellow among us.
_ Was there ever such a meek, hen-hearted creature!