chicken-hearted

[chik-uh n-hahr-tid]

adjective Informal.

timid; fearful; cowardly.

Nearby words

  1. chicken wire,
  2. chicken with its head cut off,
  3. chicken-and-egg,
  4. chicken-fried,
  5. chicken-fry,
  6. chicken-livered,
  7. chicken-shit,
  8. chickenfeed,
  9. chickenpox,
  10. chickenpox immune globulin (human)

Origin of chicken-hearted

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85

Related formschick·en-heart·ed·ly, adverbchick·en-heart·ed·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for chicken-hearted

chicken-hearted

chicken-livered

adjective

easily frightened; cowardly
Derived Formschicken-heartedly, adverbchicken-heartedness, noun

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