- lacking courage; cowardly; timorous.
Origin of fainthearted
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Related Wordsafraid, cowardly, fearful, frightened, gutless, intimidated, lily-livered, meek, mousy, spineless, weak, yellow, cowed, cowering, unassertive, wimpy
Examples from the Web for fainthearted
“Woe unto him that is fainthearted,” says the son of Sirach.Self-Help
Surely some amongst us are too fainthearted about the truth.
If we are so fainthearted now what should we have been before the Reformation?
I ricommend to you, trusting to God, and putting down all misgivings and fainthearted feelin's.The Deerslayer
James Fenimore Cooper
The word rendered "fainthearted" is only used in this single passage; yet every one knows what it means.