[ tim-er-uh s ]
/ ˈtɪm ər əs /


full of fear; fearful: The noise made them timorous.
subject to fear; timid.
characterized by or indicating fear: a timorous whisper.

Origin of timorous

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin timōrōsus (Latin timōr- (stem of timor) fear + -ōsus -ous)

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Synonym study

1. See cowardly.
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British Dictionary definitions for timorous


/ (ˈtɪmərəs) /


fearful or timid
indicating fear or timidity

Derived Forms

timorously, adverbtimorousness, noun

Word Origin for timorous

C15: from Old French temoros, from Medieval Latin timōrōsus, from Latin timor fear, from timēre to be afraid
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