white-livered definition

  • adjective:
    • Cowardly.
    • Archaic type of lily-livered.
    • Having a pale appearance; feeble; thus, cowardly; pusillanimous; dastardly.
    • effortlessly frightened
  • others:
    • Having (ac cording to a vintage notion) a light-colored liver, allowed to be because of insufficient bile or gall, and therefore a pale look—an sign of cowardice; thus, cowardly.

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