Am I a villain, a poltroon, who will desert his country in the hour of her greatest need?
The likes o' ye an' that poltroon, Jay, up there in New York.
Fourier went to see M. le Comte de Cambray this afternoon because he is a poltroon.
The poltroon, like the scabbard, is an incumbrance when once the sword is drawn.
But he was no poltroon, to pine at the approach of death; and he nerved himself to meet like a man his inevitable fate.
That would have been an intolerable whine of a poltroon, adding to her humiliation.
Audrey condemned the door for a senile lunatic, and herself for a poltroon.
"Then you have been playing the poltroon," he says savagely.
I thought of all this, and yet, when I would have wakened the Indian, a shaking ague-fit of poltroon cowardice gave me pause.
Under her advice he played the part of a poltroon instead of a soldier.
"A coward; a nidgit; a scoundrel" [Johnson, who spells it poltron], 1520s, from Middle French poultron "rascal, coward" (16c., Modern French poltron), from Italian poltrone "lazy fellow, coward," apparently from *poltro "couch, bed" (cf. Milanese polter, Venetian poltrona "couch"), perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German polstar "pillow;" see bolster (n.)). Cf. also -oon.