Definitions

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

  • adjective Cowardly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having (ac cording to an old notion) a light-colored liver, supposed to be due to lack of bile or gall, and hence a pale look—an indication of cowardice; hence, cowardly.

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

  • adjective Having a pale look; feeble; hence, cowardly; pusillanimous; dastardly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Archaic form of lily-livered.

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 the notion that a deficiency of bile caused a pale liver and lack of vigor or courage.]

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