Definition of lily-livered in US English:



  • Weak and cowardly.

    ‘he hates lily-livered politicians and permissive judges’
    • ‘This means an arrogant faith in victory or success; the image is a bunch of guys tossing their caps up in the air and shouting, ‘Whipping them lily-livered toads will be a piece of cake!’’
    • ‘The clues are in the songs though, these are not the words of some lily-livered upstart.’
    • ‘You might say that this is a lily-livered approach, or bad policy.’
    • ‘To miss this window of opportunity would be a near-guarantee of a future more lily-livered than lily-white.’
    • ‘Apparently, we are not only procrastinators and malingerers but a bunch of lily-livered cowards because going to the dentist tops the list, followed by exercising and saving money.’
    • ‘He gives a sterling performance as the lily-livered auctioneer Mick Flanagan with Shona Heffernan in top form as his embittered, feisty wife Mamie.’
    • ‘Margaret thinks we're being far too lily-livered about the whole affair.’
    • ‘Every other western nation sees the US media as the meekest, most lily-livered, most unquestioning corporate leeches to call themselves journalists.’
    • ‘The Tory solution is absurd, Labour's is lily-livered.’
    • ‘Indeed, any sign of courtesy on our roads is taken as a sign of mental or moral weakness, a failure of the spirit, a lily-livered, chicken-hearted attempt to stay alive.’
    • ‘You can leave and you can take the rest of these lily-livered cowards with you!’
    • ‘South Dakotans refused to embrace this lily-livered tactic.’
    • ‘And it would seem the editors and producers are either too ignorant or too lily-livered not to let them have their way.’
    • ‘These days, bone in any form seems to be off restaurant menus for fear of upsetting lily-livered diners who might need smelling salts after being reminded that what they are eating once had something to do with an animal.’
    • ‘It's one thing, in the time-honoured way of lily-livered journalists the world over, to tear someone apart when they're not there to defend themselves.’
    • ‘The company commissioned research into consumer attitudes to new technology which showed that we are all a bunch of lily-livered, scaredy-cats when it comes to trying new gizmos.’
    • ‘It's enough to put the fear of god into a lily-livered greenhorn like myself.’
    • ‘Some lily-livered people think that our Prime Minister deserves more respect from scribes.’
    • ‘And they made themselves look like the bunch of lily-livered, corporate-lackey, football-killing gits that they are.’
    • ‘At the moment the right wing of the party has asserted its supremacy, which is why lily-livered lefties like me have deserted the Party.’
    easily frightened, lacking courage, fearful, apprehensive, afraid, frightened, scared, faint-hearted
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/ˈlɪli ˌlɪvərd//ˈlilē ˌlivərd/