EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CAITIFF
What man would be so caitiff and thrall as to fail you at your need?
Her eloquent sighs and sobs soon told the caitiff he had nothing to fear.
I would not be so caitiff and so thrall as to leave you, when some small deed might still be done.
The proper thing to say to a bad man is, "Caitiff, I hate thee."
Nay, his was no coward blood that would surrender to caitiff churls.
It was blown by a caitiff negro, a deserter from Uncle Sams swart cavalry.
The constable has sworn that the caitiff had pea-green hair.
The caitiff who had undersold them was in the village at that moment!
So long as this caitiff knight lives, your life will not be safe.
But now you can seize the caitiff who is come as a spy amongst your corn.
c.1300, "wicked, base, cowardly," from Old North French caitive "captive, miserable" (Old French chaitif, 12c., Modern French chétif "puny, sickly, poor, weak"), from Latin captivum (see captive, which was a later, scholarly borrowing of the same word). In most Romance languages, it has acquired a pejorative sense.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CAITIFF
- having the willies
- lacking courage
- no guts
- paper tiger
- running scared