caitiff

[ key-tif ]
/ ˈkeɪ tɪf /
Archaic.

noun

a base, despicable person.

adjective

base; despicable.

Origin of caitiff

1250–1300; Middle English caitif < Anglo-French < Latin captīvus captive
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British Dictionary definitions for caitiff

caitiff
/ (ˈkeɪtɪf) archaic, or poetic /

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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