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

  • adj. Full of apprehensiveness; timid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. fearful, afraid, timid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. timid by nature or revealing timidity


Middle English, from Old French timoureus, from Medieval Latin timōrōsus, from Latin timor, timōr-, fear, from timēre, to fear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French temoros, from Medieval Latin timorosus, from Latin timor fear, from timeō to be afraid. (Wiktionary)



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