Origin of poltroon
Examples from the Web for poltroon
He was certainly no poltroon, but he felt that she was right.
A hero in his study has often proved a poltroon in the field of battle.Ancient Faiths And Modern|Thomas Inman
Mr. Skinner nodded and retired, leaving Cappy to grit his teeth and curse himself for a poltroon.Cappy Ricks|Peter B. Kyne
He would have deemed himself a poltroon if he had abandoned his friend now that misfortune had overtaken him.A Little Garrison|Fritz von der Kyrburg
Fortune often favors brave men in the wrong in preference to aiding cowards in the right, for Fortune loves not a poltroon.The Drummer Boy|John Trowbridge
Word Origin for poltroon
"A coward; a nidgit; a scoundrel" [Johnson, who spells it poltron], 1520s, from Middle French poultron "rascal, coward" (16c., Modern French poltron), from Italian poltrone "lazy fellow, coward," apparently from *poltro "couch, bed" (cf. Milanese polter, Venetian poltrona "couch"), perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German polstar "pillow;" see bolster (n.)). Cf. also -oon.