Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Full of apprehensiveness; timid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Fearful; timid; shy; shrinking.
  • Betokening or proceeding from lack of boldness or courage; characterized by fear; weakly hesitant: as, timorous doubts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Fearful of danger; timid; deficient in courage.
  • adjective Indicating, or caused by, fear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective fearful, afraid, timid

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

  • adjective timid by nature or revealing timidity

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French timoureus, from Medieval Latin timōrōsus, from Latin timor, timōr-, fear, from timēre, to fear.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French temoros, from Medieval Latin timorosus, from Latin timor fear, from timeō to be afraid.

Examples

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  • "Ah! seest thou not an ambushed Cupid there,

    Too timorous of his charge, with jealous care

    Veils and unveils those beams of heavenly light ..."

    Sheridan, School for Scandal

    January 2, 2008