[ pyoo-suh-lan-uh-muhs ]
/ ˌpyu səˈlæn ə məs /


lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit.

Words nearby pusillanimous

Origin of pusillanimous

1580–90; < Late Latin pusillanimis petty-spirited, equivalent to Latin pusill(us) very small, petty + -anim(is) -spirited, -minded (anim(us) spirit + -is adj. suffix); see -ous

SYNONYMS FOR pusillanimous

OTHER WORDS FROM pusillanimous

pu·sil·lan·i·mous·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for pusillanimously

/ (ˌpjuːsɪˈlænɪməs) /


characterized by a lack of courage or determination

Derived forms of pusillanimous

pusillanimity (ˌpjuːsɪləˈnɪmɪtɪ), nounpusillanimously, adverb

Word Origin for pusillanimous

C16: from Late Latin pusillanimis from Latin pusillus weak + animus courage
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