[ chik-uhn-hahr-tid ]
/ ˈtʃɪk ənˈhɑr tɪd /
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timid; fearful; cowardly.
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Origin of chicken-hearted
An Americanism dating back to 1675–85
OTHER WORDS FROM chicken-heartedchick·en-heart·ed·ly, adverbchick·en-heart·ed·ness, noun
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How to use chicken-hearted in a sentence
A voice behind him is heard saying nearly aloud, "Don't be chickenhearted."The Inspector-General|Nicolay Gogol
Come, come, Monseigneur, you are chickenhearted; come with us.Cinq Mars, Complete|Alfred de Vigny
British Dictionary definitions for chicken-hearted
easily frightened; cowardly
Derived forms of chicken-heartedchicken-heartedly, adverbchicken-heartedness, noun
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