Lily-livered meaning

lĭl'ē-lĭv'ərd
Cowardly; timid.
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Cowardly; timid.
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(idiomatic) Cowardly, lacking bravery.
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Origin of lily-livered

  • From lily pale, bloodless
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • The first known use of lily-livered was in 1605. From the medieval belief that the liver was the seat of courage, and the pale color of the lily flower. A person who had no blood in their liver would have no courage and would thus be a coward.
    From Wiktionary