from The Century Dictionary.
- Timid as a bird; easily frightened.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Timid; easily frightened; chicken-hearted.
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timid; easily frightened; chicken-hearted
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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.
"It's my private opinion, Bates, that you're just as pigeon-hearted as I am!"
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.
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