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pigeon-livered

[pij-uh n-liv-erd]
adjective
  1. meek-tempered; spiritless; mild.
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Origin of pigeon-livered

First recorded in 1595–1605
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Historical Examples of pigeon-livered

  • Then he wondered if he had not grown spiritless and pigeon-livered in his solitude and loneliness.

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