pigeon-livered love

Definitions

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  • adj. cowardly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pigeon-hearted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Mild in temper; pigeon-hearted; soft; gentle.

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Examples

  • I know not whether it is because I am pigeon-livered and lack gall, or whether it is from an overmastering sense of drollery, but I am apt to submit to such bastings with a patience which afterwards surprises me, being not without my share of warmth in the blood.

    On a Certain Condescension in Foreigners

  • It must needs be thou art pigeon-livered and lack gall!

    Prose Fancies

  • Then he wondered if he had not grown spiritless and pigeon-livered in his solitude and loneliness.

    Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation

  • I said to my husband, after reading that infamous and slanderous article in the Record, that our men were too pigeon-livered to take that Nigger out and give him what he deserves; and I think it was just such talk from our women in the households that brought about this revolution.

    Hanover; or, The Persecution of the Lowly. Story of the Wilmington Massacre

  • I might have been provoked to one great execration by what I hear from Bristol, if I had not hex brought up all my bile upon the voyage & remained pigeon-livered ever since. a sea voyage is the best way in the world to learn Xtian meekness. the gall comes out by mouthfuls & you have not bitterness enough left to be angry with a rascal

    Letter 147

  • "Are your senses playing bo-peep with the ghost of some pigeon-livered coast captain, eh?

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 286, December 8, 1827

  • -- Ah no, not any of it in mine, thank you; soldiers don't obey such pigeon-livered gentlemen. "

    The Downfall

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  • But I am pigeon-livered, and lack gall

    To make oppression bitter

    --Shakespeare, Hamlet, II. ii.

    September 13, 2014

  • Citation on unpregnant.

    October 8, 2008