Definition of pigeon-hearted in US English:



  • Timid; cowardly.

    • ‘Maybe he thought if that happened I would get pigeon-hearted and run away from this place.’
    • ‘Lincoln’s distaste for war is evident throughout this portion, and his ‘pigeon-hearted’ nature is discussed in detail.’
    • ‘‘The trail was curving in the direction of the woods, and part of me was eager to enter them to see where the trail would lead, and part of me was pigeon-hearted, uneasy about what might await me there’.’
    • ‘Think all pigeon-hearted bullies grow up to regret their acts of cowardice.’
    easily frightened, lacking courage, fearful, apprehensive, afraid, frightened, scared, faint-hearted
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