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
The Guardian staff are described as "lily-livered gits hiding in their glass offices."
I believe that much of the low-level unpleasantness that you describe being visited upon you at large gatherings in the UK is precisely the result of lily-livered enforcement and presecution of such offences.
Compromise can be, and often is, the path of least resistance, the province of the mealy-mouthed, weak-kneed, and lily-livered.
No. Oh, I am sure that there will be those who will defend this type of thing because when we are fighting terrorism all bets are off and that only lily-livered bleeding hearts would worry about things like the rule of law or other such silliness.
President Obama is supposed to be a lily-livered liberal bleeding heart who wouldn't harm a fly on behalf of our citizens -- didn't he bow and scrape his way through Europe?
"They're weak and lily-livered," Michael Clayton, a 54-year-old security consultant in Allen, Texas, said of GOP lawmakers who have worked toward a compromise on deficit reduction.
You are a terrorist-shill with an agenda of 'Israel first and last'and you are a lily-livered coward.
Err, no: remember, Cuban troops were in Angola in the 1980s, Mozambique was Marxist, SWAPO was at least socialist and backed by Angola, and the ANC and SA Communist Party were joined at the hip [plus, the SACP was not one of yer lily-livered Eurocommunist parties: it was very hardline, even durign the Gorbachev era].
He would nevertheless be as likely to be labeled a lily-livered pacifist, or terrorist enabler, as the rest of them.
Otherwise he was a lily-livered something or other—several expletives deleted.