caitiff

[key-tif]Archaic.

noun

a base, despicable person.

adjective

base; despicable.

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  2. cairo,
  3. caisson,
  4. caisson disease,
  5. caithness,
  6. caitlin,
  7. caius,
  8. cajal,
  9. cajal, santiago ramón y,
  10. cajan

Origin of caitiff

1250–1300; Middle English caitif < Anglo-French < Latin captīvus captive

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British Dictionary definitions for caitiff

caitiff

noun

a cowardly or base person

adjective

cowardly; base

Word Origin for caitiff

C13: from Old French caitif prisoner, from Latin captīvus captive

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