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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a cowardly and despicable person;


1. despicably mean and cowardly;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Caitiff \Cai"tiff\, a. [OE. caitif, cheitif, captive, miserable, OF. caitif, chaitif, captive, mean, wretched, F. ch['e]tif, fr. L. captivus captive, fr. capere to take, akin to E. heave. See Heave, and cf. Captive.] 1. Captive; wretched; unfortunate. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Base; wicked and mean; cowardly; despicable. [1913 Webster] Arnold had sped his caitiff flight. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Caitiff \Cai"tiff\, n. A captive; a prisoner. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Avarice doth tyrannize over her caitiff and slave. --Holland. [1913 Webster] 2. A wretched or unfortunate man. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. A mean, despicable person; one whose character meanness and wickedness meet. [1913 Webster] Note: The deep-felt conviction of men that slavery breaks down the moral character . . . speaks out with . . . distinctness in the change of meaning which caitiff has undergone signifying as it now does, one of a base, abject disposition, while there was a time when it had nothing of this in it. --Trench. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

caitiff adj 1: despicably mean and cowardly n 1: a cowardly and despicable person