A poltroon is a coward. Poltroons have a lack of courage and fortitude.

Poltroon is an old-fashioned word for a type of person that exists in every time period: a coward. If you behave in a way that shows no courage or confidence, you're acting like a poltroon. In movies, the villains are often poltroons who are sneaky and devious instead of brave and straightforward. A hero is the opposite of a poltroon. Poltroons can be described as craven and abject, but most of all, cowardly.

Definitions of poltroon

n an abject coward

craven, recreant
Type of:
a person who shows fear or timidity

adj characterized by complete cowardliness

cowardly, fearful
lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

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