a thorough coward; craven
Origin of poltroonFrench poltron ; from Italian poltrone, coward ; from poltro, colt ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pulliter, probably ; from pullus, young animal, chick: see poultry
An utter coward.
Origin of poltroonFrench poltron, from Old Italian poltrone, coward, idler, perhaps augmentative of poltro, unbroken colt (from Vulgar Latin *pulliter, from Latin pullus, young animal; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots) or from poltro, bed, lazy.
(comparative more poltroon, superlative most poltroon)
From Middle French poltron, from Italian poltrone