[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. timespan,
  2. timetable,
  3. timewise,
  4. timework,
  5. timeworn,
  6. timidly,
  7. timing,
  8. timing belt,
  9. timing chain,
  10. timing gear

Origin of timid

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

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See cowardly.

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British Dictionary definitions for timidly


/ (ˈtɪmɪd) /


easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
indicating shyness or fear
Derived Formstimidity or timidness, nountimidly, adverb

Word Origin for timid

C16: from Latin timidus, from timēre to fear

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Word Origin and History for timidly



1540s, from Middle French timide "easily frightened, shy," from Latin timidus "fearful," from timere "to fear." Related: Timidly; timidness.

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