- full of fear; fearful: The noise made them timorous.
- subject to fear; timid.
- characterized by or indicating fear: a timorous whisper.
Origin of timorous
Examples from the Web for timorous
Forget about the Second Amendment—the gun lobby, abetted by timorous Republicans, is trying to privatize law and order.Pro-Gun Absolutism: The Gun Lobby’s Push to Privatize Law and Order
April 9, 2013
Alas, the sad truth is that the CIA, despite its Bourne Identity reputation, has become a timorous, risk-averse bureaucracy.Spy Agency Fiasco
August 18, 2009
The CIA, despite its cowboy image, is in fact in many ways a timorous, risk-averse bureaucracy.Hands Off the CIA
April 22, 2009
However, Lisa only shrugged her shoulders and smiled at finding him so timorous.The Fat and the Thin
It rendered him timorous for a moment before that enigmatic, lighted door.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
And she forced on the timorous Prue a quarter as her matriculation fee.In a Little Town
Bless that straightforward, timorous, modest American skipper!Hunting the Skipper
George Manville Fenn
A timorous Singer is unhappy, like a Prodigal, who is miserably poor.Observations on the Florid Song
Pier Francesco Tosi
- fearful or timid
- indicating fear or timidity
Word Origin and History for timorous
mid-15c., from Old French temeros (14c.), from Medieval Latin timorosus "fearful," from Latin timor "fear," from timere "to fear." Some early sense confused by mistaken identification with Middle English temerous "rash" (see temerity). Related: Timorously; timorousness.