Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Cowardly; timid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Cowardly, lacking bravery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. White-livered; cowardly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • White-livered; cowardly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. easily frightened

Etymologies

From lily, pale, bloodless.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The first known use of lily-livered was in 1605. From the medieval belief that the liver was the seat of courage, and the pale color of the lily flower. A person who had no blood in their liver would have no courage and would thus be a coward. (Wiktionary)

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