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[tim-id] /ˈtɪm ɪd/
adjective, timider, timidest.
lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.
characterized by or indicating fear:
a timid approach to a problem.
Origin of timid
1540-50; < Latin timidus fearful, equivalent to tim(ēre) to fear + -idus -id4
Related forms
timidity, timidness, noun
timidly, adverb
overtimid, adjective
overtimidly, adverb
overtimidness, noun
overtimidity, noun
untimid, adjective
untimidly, adverb
untimidness, noun
1. fearful, fainthearted.
Synonym Study
1. See cowardly. Unabridged
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  • She divined him, moreover, to be a blend of boldness and timidity.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • After all, Mary was only a woman, despite her cleverness, and with all a woman's timidity.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • But Felicien was, like Angelique, almost stifled with emotion and timidity.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • He forbore touching that mystery out of love, timidity, and indolence.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • I was very inexperienced on the stage, and my timidity made me rather awkward.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for timidity


easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
indicating shyness or fear
Derived Forms
timidity, timidness, noun
timidly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin timidus, from timēre to fear
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Word Origin and History for timidity



1540s, from Middle French timide "easily frightened, shy," from Latin timidus "fearful," from timere "to fear." Related: Timidly; timidness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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