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niddering

[nid-er-ing] /ˈnɪd ər ɪŋ/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a coward.
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  • If so, I have been told both ways; in some visions, running like a niddering, in others standing firm as a pyramid.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • As to Mr. William Morris, he might be fabled to render Α δειλοί “niddering wights,” but beyond that, conjecture is baffled.

    Essays in Little Andrew Lang
  • A niddering who flies for his life at the first approach of danger is not fit to wield a sceptre in these lands.

  • "Let but a man stir towards me and this spear flies through thy heart, niddering," cried Eric.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for niddering

niddering

/ˈnɪdərɪŋ/
noun
1.
a coward
adjective
2.
cowardly
Word Origin
C16: a mistaken reading of Old English nithing coward; related to nīth malice
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