Origin of pavid

1650–60; < Latin pavidus trembling, timid, derivative of pavēre to quake; see -id4 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pavid

Historical Examples of pavid

  • The clergy, a pavid flock, chattered their fears between the mouthfuls.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

    Charles L. Marson

  • Like a pavid kid in the talons of an eagle, that young creature trembled in his huge Milesian grasp.

    The Christmas Books

    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for pavid


  1. rare fearful; timid

Word Origin for pavid

C17: from Latin pavidus fearful, from pavēre to tremble with fear
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