- lacking courage; cowardly; lily-livered.
- lacking in vitality or spirit; pale; unhealthy.
Origin of white-livered
First recorded in 1540–50
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Examples from the Web for white-livered
Do let us hear, by all means, what the white-livered fellow has to say for himself.
But if that white-livered hound had stood by me, I'd have beaten the lot of you!Nell, of Shorne Mills
They may say what they like, but compared with him, Alp Arslan is a white-livered Giaour.'Alroy
And the white-livered accomplice is dithering with funk in there.Ambrotox and Limping Dick
His mother was one of them white-livered Lulls, from Pomfret.
- lacking in spirit or courage
- pallid and unhealthy in appearance
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