ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: poltroon

poltroon (pŏl-tro͞on′), noun.

An abject or utter coward.

Etymology:  1500s, Italian poltrone, coward, idler.

My brain wants to tie this word to 'dubloon', but they are completely unrelated.
My friend thought it might mean "tiny poultry".  Which is perhaps a useful mnemonic.  "Chicken!"
Tags: italian, noun, p, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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