Definition of Chickenhearted

1. Adjective. Easily frightened.

Exact synonyms: Chicken, Lily-livered, White-livered, Yellow, Yellow-bellied
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Cowardly, Fearful
Derivative terms: Chicken



Definition of Chickenhearted

1. a. Timid; fearful; cowardly.

Definition of Chickenhearted

1. Adjective. (alternative form of chicken-hearted) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Chickenhearted

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Chickenhearted

chicken turtle
chicken wing
chicken wings
chicken wire
chicken wires
chicken yard
chickenability
chickenburger
chickenburgers
chickened
chickenfeed
chickenfight
chickenhawks
chickenhearted (current term)
chickenheartedness
chickenhouse
chickenhouses
chickening
chickenless
chickenlike
chickenlips
chickenpox
chickenpox immune globulin
chickenpox immunization
chickenpox immunoglobulin
chickenpox vaccine
chickenpox virus
chickenpoxes

Literary usage of Chickenhearted

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Short History of Germany: 9 A.D. to 1871 A.D. by Ernest Flagg Henderson (1906)
"... know a more chickenhearted man than you.” Russia, as it turned out, had enough to do to attend to her own troubled affairs, and the same was true of ..."

2. The Gentleman's Magazine (1879)
"We say of men or children who are strong and courageous, they are lion-hearted; we say of those who are opposite, they are chickenhearted; and the terms ..."

3. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: To which is Prefixed, a by John Jamieson (1880)
"... chickenhearted, S. This, especially from the appearance which the word has assumed in K., might at first seem to be formed from rh'v.krn. ..."

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