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
  1. noun
    an abject coward
    synonyms: craven, recreant
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    type of:
    a person who shows fear or timidity
  2. adjective
    characterized by complete cowardliness
    cowardly, fearful
    lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
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