- 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
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Examples from the Web for timid
Could the (thus far) timid trembling give way to a full-on, grand mal seizure?26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas
January 7, 2015
He largely agreed with Lieberman but considered Netanyahu too timid towards the Palestinians.Goodbye to Israel’s Lousy Government (Let’s Hope the Next One Isn’t Worse)
December 4, 2014
But when I arrive at the entrance, the timid gatekeeper tells me—without explanation—that I can no longer speak with him.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
Even the most timid and shaky of the puppies looks determined and confident in slo-mo.‘The Puppy Bowl’: The Super Bowl’s Fiercest Rival
February 2, 2014
SO THAT HIS PLACE SHALL NEVER BE WITH THOSE COLD AND TIMID SOULS WHO NEITHER KNOW VICTORY NOR DEFEAT.Miley Cyrus's Smartest Tattoo
September 28, 2013
Suddenly Eucoline touched my arm with a quick and timid motion.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He was not timid, however, and resolved to broach the subject.Brave and Bold
For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
They recite in a timid and indistinct tone the prescribed fustian.
The timid smile that wreathed the tiny mouth was marvelously winning.Within the Law
- easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
- indicating shyness or fear
Word Origin and History for timid
1540s, from Middle French timide "easily frightened, shy," from Latin timidus "fearful," from timere "to fear." Related: Timidly; timidness.