from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
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.
It must needs be thou art pigeon-livered and lack gall!
Then he wondered if he had not grown spiritless and pigeon-livered in his solitude and loneliness.
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.
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
"Are your senses playing bo-peep with the ghost of some pigeon-livered coast captain, eh?
-- Ah no, not any of it in mine, thank you; soldiers don't obey such pigeon-livered gentlemen. "