- a wretched coward; craven.
- marked by utter cowardice.
Origin of poltroon
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Examples from the Web for poltroonery
"Poltroonery, I say," he repeated, embracing the whole company in his glance.The Tavern Knight
How should it possibly, by any stretch of poltroonery and baseness, be otherwise?My Contemporaries In Fiction
David Christie Murray
There is a point where toleration sinks into sheer baseness and poltroonery.The Biglow Papers
James Russell Lowell
Or, in other words, since they must be selfish, let them be so without the poltroonery of selfishness.Rhoda Fleming, Complete
Do you not make use of my poltroonery to hinder me from entering our house?Amphitryon
- an abject or contemptible coward
- a rare word for cowardly
Word Origin and History for poltroonery
"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.