Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Cowardly; timid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • White-livered; cowardly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective White-livered; cowardly.

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  • adjective idiomatic Cowardly, lacking bravery.

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

  • adjective easily frightened

Etymologies

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

[From lily, pale, bloodless.]

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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.

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