- 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
Synonyms for timidSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for timidlyeasily, delicately, casually, tenderly, moderately, gingerly, softly, simply, mildly, freely, quietly, slightly, sparsely, faintly, subtly, nervously, timidly, warily, hesitantly, cautiously
Examples from the Web for timidly
Contemporary Examples of timidly
The quartet is presented with a pitcher of syrup, which the waiter advises we apply “temperately, but not timidly.”The Hunt for New Orleans’s Secret Dish
Jane & Michael Stern
April 6, 2014
Historical Examples of timidly
With some embarrassment he delicately, timidly, hinted his apprehensions.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
She timidly signed the card and returned it to the corner of the table.City of Endless Night
"He is the member for North Northamptonshire," I timidly replied.
Sigmund shrunk a little away from his uncle, not timidly, but with some distaste.The First Violin
Now, timidly peeping from behind her skirts, he ventured to open his eyes on it.Cleo The Magnificent
- easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
- indicating shyness or fear
Word Origin for timid
1540s, from Middle French timide "easily frightened, shy," from Latin timidus "fearful," from timere "to fear." Related: Timidly; timidness.