Origin of white-liveredfrom the ancient belief that predominance of yellow bile in the liver produced a choleric or bold temperament, and its absence, cowardice: an early recorded use, though not the very first, occurs in Henry V, III, ii (1599) by Shakespeare
Origin of white-liveredFrom the notion that a deficiency of bile caused a pale liver and lack of vigor or courage
(comparative more white-livered, superlative most white-livered)
- Archaic form of lily-livered.
(comparative more white livered, superlative most white livered)
- Alternative form of white-livered.