Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exhibiting or experiencing fear; timid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. fearful, timid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Timid; fearful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Timid

Etymologies

Latin pavidus, from pav─ôre, to fear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin pavere, to fear (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Like a pavid kid in the talons of an eagle, that young creature trembled in his huge Milesian grasp.

    Mrs. Perkins's Ball

  • As eagles go forth and bring home to their eaglets the lamb or the pavid kid, I say there are men who live and victual their nests by plunder.

    Roundabout Papers

  • The clergy, a pavid flock, chattered their fears between the mouthfuls.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln A Short Story of One of the Makers of Mediaeval England

  • The pavid matron within the one vehicle (speeding to the Bank for her semestrial pittance) shrieked and trembled; the angry Dives hastening to his office (to add another thousand to his heap,) thrust his head over the blazoned panels, and displayed an eloquence of objurgation which his very Menials could not equal; the dauntless street urchins, as they gayly threaded the

    Burlesques

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  • The pavid matron within the one vehicle (speeding to the Bank for her semestrial pittance) shrieked and trembled; the angry Dives hastening to his office (to add another thousand to his heap,) thrust his head over the blazoned panels, and displayed an eloquence of objurgation which his very Menials could not equal; the dauntless street urchins, as they gayly threaded the Labyrinth of Life, enjoyed the perplexities and quarrels of the scene, and exacerbated the already furious combatants by their poignant infantile satire.

    Novels by Eminent Hands

  • An Account of the EngUfh Cohny in New South Wales; by pavid collins.

    Bibliotheca historica

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  • Afraid; timid.

    May 12, 2008