Definitions for caitiffˈkeɪ tɪf

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caitiff(adj)

    a cowardly and despicable person

  2. caitiff(adj)

    despicably mean and cowardly


  1. caitiff(Noun)

    A base or despicable person; a wretch

  2. caitiff(Noun)

    a captive or prisoner, particularly a galley slave

  3. caitiff(Noun)

    a villain, a coward or wretch

  4. caitiff(Adjective)

    Especially despicable; cowardly

  5. Origin: Old French caitif ‘captive’, a varient of chaitif (French chétif), from a Proto-Romance alteration of Latin captivus ‘captive’. Compare Italian cattivo, "bad, wicked."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caitiff(adj)

    captive; wretched; unfortunate

  2. Caitiff(adj)

    base; wicked and mean; cowardly; despicable

  3. Caitiff(noun)

    a captive; a prisoner

  4. Caitiff(noun)

    a wretched or unfortunate man

  5. Caitiff(noun)

    a mean, despicable person; one whose character meanness and wickedness meet


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