chicken-hearted

[ chik-uh n-hahr-tid ]
/ ˈtʃɪk ənˈhɑr tɪd /

adjective Informal.

timid; fearful; cowardly.

Origin of chicken-hearted

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85

Related forms

chick·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 Forms

chicken-heartedly, adverbchicken-heartedness, noun
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