The Iraqis need the American presence, and the American training and air cover, but are too proud and timid to admit it.
The Obama Justice Department was too timid and short-staffed to hunt down the bad guys.
There were no explicit limits to pay—a victory for the timid U.S. Treasury.
Gone was the timid triangulation that danced around and away from the liberal ideal.
So why, Eric Alterman asks, are the Democrats acting so timid?
She felt that she should like to go, but a certain shyness made her timid.
They are cautious, timid animals, and can seldom be approached unawares.
Mrs. Jazeph's timid eyes looked anxiously and perplexedly 104 at him as he spoke.
The timid animals would plunge into the water the moment they heard the least noise.
The horse is naturally a timid animal, and this is why he so frequently stops short at his fences when schooling.
1540s, from Middle French timide "easily frightened, shy," from Latin timidus "fearful," from timere "to fear." Related: Timidly; timidness.