1. (also dunghill-cock) a coward; also attrib.; cite 1818 = cowardice.
|‘Bashe Libel’ in May & Bryson Verse Libel 78: This scabbed squyre, this dunghill knight.|
|King Lear IV vi: Out, dunghill!|
|Merrie Conceited Jests 13: You Dunghill, quoth George, doe you out-face me?|
|Ladies Delight 28: The Dunghill Trapes, trickt up like virtuous Trull.|
|Parson’s Revels (2010) 62: For Spurs [...] / Were made for Birds of mettle Keen, / And not for Dunghill-Cocks.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: dunghill a coward, a cockpit phrase, all but game cocks being stiled dunghills.|
|Sporting Mag. Apr. VI 58/1: Though you crow, / And reckon dunghills those that cannot show / Feathers as fine as yours.|
|All at Coventry II ii: I was mistaken in my bird, I see, – a shy cock, right dunghill.|
|Observer 11 Oct. 2: This †mushroom of fashion, whenever he came, / Seem’d to me to display much more dunghill than game † This vegetable, from generally springing up where refuse has been thrown [...] implies an upstart.|
|Pierce Egan’s Life in London 19 Sept. 269/1: [I]t being the opinion that he was a dunghill bird.|
|Every Night Book 73: One drop of dunghill blood in his heart will curdle the whole current with cold fear.|
|Examiner 19 Aug. 11/1: Dunghill demagogue — foul example — potatoe plebian face.|
|Goethe: a New Pantomime 189: Dunghill, coward, dunce, rascallion!|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 13 Mar. 2/7: Come show me if you’re dunghill or game cock-a-doodle-doo.|
|[||Newcastl Jrnl 7 Oct. 3/3: Never, under any circumstances, make a friend of a coward; his heart is a dunghill while suspicion is the cock that ever crows upon it].|
|Aus. Town & Country Jrnl (Sydney) 26 Nov. 17/1: ‘The big dunghill is wheeling again.’ ‘Give it to him!’ ‘Pitch into him!’.|
2. used as a non-specific insult.
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 30 July n.p.: They must not take more credit than what is due to them, or crack themselves up for fighting men when they are nothing but mere dung hills.|
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