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.
Origin of timid
1540–50; < Latin timidus fearful, equivalent to tim(ēre) to fear + -idus -id4
Synonyms for timid
1. See cowardly.
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Related Words for timidnessoscillation, fluctuation, qualm, dubiety, pause, reluctance, delay, doubt, wavering, indecisiveness, vacillation, timidity, indecision, misgiving, equivocation, irresolution, hesitancy, scruple, unwillingness, mistrust
easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
indicating shyness or fear
Word Origin for timid
C16: from Latin timidus, from timēre to fear
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1540s, from Middle French timide "easily frightened, shy," from Latin timidus "fearful," from timere "to fear." Related: Timidly; timidness.
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