Pusillanimous Definition

Timid, cowardly, or irresolute; fainthearted.
Webster's New World
Proceeding from or showing a lack of courage.
Webster's New World

Origin of Pusillanimous

  • Middle English pusillanimus from Late Latin pusillanimis Latin pusillus weak diminutive of pullus young of an animal pau-1 in Indo-European roots animus reason, mind anə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Derived from Latin pusillus (“very small") + animus (“spirit").

    From Wiktionary

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