- 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
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1. fearful, fainthearted.
1. See cowardly.
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Examples from the Web for timidly
The quartet is presented with a pitcher of syrup, which the waiter advises we apply “temperately, but not timidly.”The Hunt for New Orleans’s Secret Dish
Jane & Michael Stern
April 6, 2014
With some embarrassment he delicately, timidly, hinted his apprehensions.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
She timidly signed the card and returned it to the corner of the table.City of Endless Night
"He is the member for North Northamptonshire," I timidly replied.
Sigmund shrunk a little away from his uncle, not timidly, but with some distaste.The First Violin
Now, timidly peeping from behind her skirts, he ventured to open his eyes on it.Cleo The Magnificent
- easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
- indicating shyness or fear
C16: from Latin timidus, from timēre to fear
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Word Origin and History for timidly
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