poltroon \pol-TROON\, noun:
1. A wretched coward; craven.adjective:
1. Marked by utter cowardice.
~Very cool word! I love when I happen across words that I've never heard before. Now, I feel compelled to write about a poltroon character.~
Poltroon originally came from the Latin pullus meaning “young animal.” It came to mean an idler or coward in Old French.