- The definition of pusillanimous is lacking in courage, strength or determination.
A person afraid to make decisions for himself is an example of someone who would be described as pusillanimous.
- timid, cowardly, or irresolute; fainthearted
- proceeding from or showing a lack of courage
Origin of pusillanimousEcclesiastical Late Latin pusillanimis ; from Classical Latin pusillus, tiny (dim. of pusus, little boy, akin to puer: see puerile) + animus, the mind (see animal) + -ous
Origin of pusillanimousMiddle English pusillanimus, from Late Latin pusillanimis : Latin pusillus, weak, diminutive of pullus, young of an animal; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots + animus, reason, mind; see an&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more pusillanimous, superlative most pusillanimous)