Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dunghill n.1

[cock-fighting jargon dunghill, any cock but a fighting cock]

a coward; also attrib.

[UK]‘Bashe Libel’ in May & Bryson Verse Libel 78: This scabbed squyre, this dunghill knight.
[UK]Shakespeare King Lear IV vi: Out, dunghill!
[UK]G. Peele Merrie Conceited Jests 13: You Dunghill, quoth George, doe you out-face me?
[UK]Ladies Delight 28: The Dunghill Trapes, trickt up like virtuous Trull.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: dunghill a coward, a cockpit phrase, all but game cocks being stiled dunghills.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Apr. VI 58/1: Though you crow, / And reckon dunghills those that cannot show / Feathers as fine as yours.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]W.T. Moncrieff All at Coventry II ii: I was mistaken in my bird, I see, – a shy cock, right dunghill.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]W. Clarke Every Night Book 73: One drop of dunghill blood in his heart will curdle the whole current with cold fear.
[Aus]Examiner 19 Aug. 11/1: Dunghill demagogue — foul example — potatoe plebian face.
[UK]E.V. Kenealy Goethe: a New Pantomime 189: Dunghill, coward, dunce, rascallion!
[Aus]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]Aus. Town & Country Jrnl (Sydney) 26 Nov. 17/1: ‘The big dunghill is wheeling again.’ ‘Give it to him!’ ‘Pitch into him!’.

In phrases

die dunghill (v.)

see under die v.