- 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
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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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