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

adjective Informal.

timid; fearful; cowardly.

Origin of chicken-hearted

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85

OTHER WORDS FROM chicken-hearted

chick·en-heart·ed·ly, adverbchick·en-heart·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for chickenhearted

  • 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 chickenhearted




easily frightened; cowardly

Derived forms of chicken-hearted

chicken-heartedly, adverbchicken-heartedness, noun
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