white-livered

[ hwahyt-liv-erd, wahyt- ]

adjective
  1. lacking courage; cowardly; lily-livered.

  2. lacking in vitality or spirit; pale; unhealthy.

Origin of white-livered

1
First recorded in 1540–50

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British Dictionary definitions for white-livered

white-livered

adjective
  1. lacking in spirit or courage

  2. pallid and unhealthy in appearance

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