timid

[ tim-id ]
/ ˈtɪm ɪd /

adjective, tim·id·er, tim·id·est.

lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.
characterized by or indicating fear: a timid approach to a problem.

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Origin of timid

1540–50; <Latin timidus fearful, equivalent to tim(ēre) to fear + -idus-id4

synonym study for timid

1. See cowardly.

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British Dictionary definitions for timid

timid
/ (ˈtɪmɪd) /

adjective

easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
indicating shyness or fear

Derived forms of timid

timidity or timidness, nountimidly, adverb

Word Origin for timid

C16: from Latin timidus, from timēre to fear
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