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timid

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/ ˈtɪm ɪd /
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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

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin timidus “fearful,” equivalent to tim(ēre) “to fear” + -idus adjective suffix; see -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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