English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'spineless'

(adjective) 
Definition
behaving in a cowardly way
bureaucrats and spineless politicians
Synonyms
weak
a clash between a weak minister and a domineering civil servant
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soft
He says the measure is soft and weak on criminals.
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cowardly
I was too cowardly to complain.
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ineffective
They are burdened with an ineffective leader.
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feeble
He said the Government had been feeble.
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yellow (informal)
You yellow dogs!
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inadequate
She felt quite painfully inadequate in the crisis.
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pathetic
That's the most pathetic excuse I've ever heard.
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boneless
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gutless (informal)
He has proved himself to be a gutless coward.
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weak-willed
He is too weak-willed to stop smoking.
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weak-kneed (informal)
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faint-hearted
The voters may be ready to punish the politicians who devised a faint-hearted solidarity pact.
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irresolute
They launched the attack for fear of seeming irresolute.
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chickenshit (US, slang)
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without a will of your own
Opposites
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ballsy (taboo, slang)

Additional synonyms

in the sense of cowardly
I was too cowardly to complain.
Synonyms
gutless (informal),
yellow (informal),
chicken (slang),
shrinking,
dastardly (old-fashioned),
boneless,
timorous (literary),
weak-kneed (informal),
chickenshit (US, slang),
recreant (archaic),
caitiff (archaic),
chicken-hearted,
lily-livered (old-fashioned),
white-livered,
sookie (New Zealand)
in the sense of faint-hearted
Definition
lacking courage and confidence
The voters may be ready to punish the politicians who devised a faint-hearted solidarity pact.
Synonyms
boneless,
timorous (literary),
half-arsed (British, slang),
chickenshit (US, slang),
half-assed (US, Canadian, slang),
yellow (informal)
in the sense of feeble
Definition
not effective or convincing
He said the Government had been feeble.

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