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Definition of "caitiff" [cai•tiff]

  • A despicable coward; a wretch. (noun)
  • Despicable and cowardly. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "caitiff" in a sentence
  • "The "caitiff" in these chronicles of when knighthood was in flower is invariably hanged from "the highest battlement" -- the second highest would not do at all; or else he is thrown into "the deepest dungeon of the castle" -- the second deepest dungeon was never known to be used on these occasions."
  • "The "caitiff" in these chronicles of when knighthood was in flower is invariably hanged from"
  • ""caitiff," even by a voice somewhat treble and a trifle trembling, left me every reason in the world to be surprised, annoyed and grieved."