American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking self-confidence; shy.
- adj. Fearful and hesitant: problems that call for bold, not timid, responses.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fearful; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Wanting courage to meet danger; easily frightened; timorous; not bold; fearful; shy.
- adj. lacking self-confidence
- adj. showing fear and lack of confidence
- adj. lacking conviction or boldness or courage
- n. people who are fearful and cautious
- From French timide, from Latin timidus ("full of fear, fearful, timid"), from timeo ("I fear"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin timidus, from timēre, to fear. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Elizabeth observed my agitation for some time in timid and fearful silence; but there was something in my glance which communicated terror to her, and trembling she asked, What is it that agitates you, my dear Victor?”
“Elizabeth observed my agitation for some time in timid and fearful silence; at length she said, What is it that agitates you, my dear Victor?”
“So saying, he called the timid followers and delivered the body into their hands.”
“Mr. Stewart seemed to feel that he needed to voice the concerns of liberals who are disappointed in Mr. Obama's legislative record - one he described as "timid" - instead of coming up with more offbeat questions of his own.”
“By starting with something timid, which is already being attacked as "radical" by House Republicans – well, we have seen where this leads.”
“The Government is still being too timid, which is why we have called on them to go further, for example by changing the Treasury rules so that savings in the benefit system can be invested in a greater use of voluntary and private welfare-to-work providers.”
“She is described as a timid, shy and retiring young woman who also just happened to be able to out-ride and out-hunt the King and his men.”
“MCKENZIE (voice-over): This is where a 13-year-old girl described as timid and barely able to swim found herself.”
“DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is where a 13-year-old girl described as timid and barely able to swim found herself, tossed into the Indian Ocean in the dead of night from a plane that plunged into rough seas.”
“He has been called timid and passive by some Republicans.”
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