Alas, the sad truth is that the CIA, despite its Bourne Identity reputation, has become a timorous, risk-averse bureaucracy.
Forget about the Second Amendment—the gun lobby, abetted by timorous Republicans, is trying to privatize law and order.
The CIA, despite its cowboy image, is in fact in many ways a timorous, risk-averse bureaucracy.
How is it (it asks itself) that it should find itself baffled and timorous?
Bless that straightforward, timorous, modest American skipper!
It seems the condensation of a whole youth of study, dreams and sentiment, of a tortuous, timorous youth.
A timorous Singer is unhappy, like a Prodigal, who is miserably poor.
This seemed a place of few and timorous birds, and of fewer trees.
However, Lisa only shrugged her shoulders and smiled at finding him so timorous.
Illness had quickly, brutally changed that vigorous man, suddenly old and 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.