pigeon-hearted love


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  • adj. timid; easily frightened; chicken-hearted

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Timid; easily frightened; chicken-hearted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Timid as a bird; easily frightened.


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  • Delightful haven to pigeon-hearted malefactors -- inconsistent criminals, who fear the puny look of mortal man, and, unabashed, stalk beneath the eternal and the killing frown of God.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 339, January, 1844

  • "It's my private opinion, Bates, that you're just as pigeon-hearted as I am!"

    The Southerner A Romance of the Real Lincoln

  • Oh, would that I were once more a Queen, if only for one little hour, and I would take such a vengeance on those accursed jackals who deserted me in my need; that it should only be spoken of in whispers; those woman, those pigeon-hearted half-breeds who suffered themselves to be overcome! 'and she choked in her wrath.

    Allan Quatermain


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  • "Timid; easily frightened; chicken-hearted."

    --GNU Webster's 1913

    December 17, 2010