spineless

[ spahyn-lis ]
/ ˈspaɪn lɪs /

adjective

having no spines or quills.
having no spine or backbone.
having a weak spine; limp.
without moral force, resolution, or courage; feeble: a spineless, lily-livered coward.

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Origin of spineless

First recorded in 1820–30; spine + -less

OTHER WORDS FROM spineless

spine·less·ly, adverbspine·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for spineless

spineless
/ (ˈspaɪnlɪs) /

adjective

lacking a backbone; invertebrate
having no spiny processesspineless stems
lacking strength of character, resolution, or courage

Derived forms of spineless

spinelessly, adverbspinelessness, noun
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