- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1. fearful, fainthearted.
1. See cowardly.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
- indicating shyness or fear
C16: from Latin timidus, from timēre to fear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for timidness
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