Definitions

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

  • adj. Lacking self-confidence; shy.
  • adj. Fearful and hesitant: problems that call for bold, not timid, responses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking in courage or confidence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wanting courage to meet danger; easily frightened; timorous; not bold; fearful; shy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fearful; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Latin timidus, from timēre, to fear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French timide, from Latin timidus ("full of fear, fearful, timid"), from timeo ("I fear"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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?

    Chapter 23

  • 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?

    Chapter 6

  • So saying, he called the timid followers and delivered the body into their hands.

    The Age of Fable

  • 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.

    NYT > Home Page

  • By starting with something timid, which is already being attacked as "radical" by House Republicans – well, we have seen where this leads.

    Obama's budget and deficit reductionism | Mark Weisbrot

  • 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.

    May responds

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • MCKENZIE (voice-over): This is where a 13-year-old girl described as timid and barely able to swim found herself.

    CNN Transcript Jul 2, 2009

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Jul 1, 2009

  • He has been called timid and passive by some Republicans.

    CNN Transcript Jun 22, 2009

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