Definitions

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  • adv. In a timorous manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a timorous manner; fearfully; timidly; without boldness or confidence.

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

  • adv. in a timorous and trepid manner

Etymologies

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timorous +‎ -ly

Examples

  • It was but a silly maid, of so small account that she was set to keep the door, that challenged him, and she only asked him carelessly, Art not thou one of this man's disciples? probably suspecting it by his sheepish look, and coming in timorously.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • It may be an indication of national temperament that the Englishmen in Mr. Barnes's collection deal with their midlife crises more timorously, by becoming servants to cautious routines.

    Stories of Midlife Crises And Motherhood Dilemmas

  • Violet timorously asked, What about the bale of silk sarcenet?

    The Dressmaker

  • A woman who had taken cover behind a glass knickknack case pointed timorously to the staircase leading up to the second floor.

    THE BOYS FROM SANTA CRUZ

  • He did not approach the open drinking culture of Manhattan timorously.

    LAST CALL

  • The locals gathered around the bar scoffed at this notion, and scoffed harder still when one boy suggested timorously that perhaps Sir Galefrid intended to pay reparations for what the Slaver Knight had done.

    THE RIVER KINGS’ ROAD

  • In actuality, Panicky has exactly the same platform as Ataraxia — but because she has presented it so timorously, without the specific marketing details that made our earlier examples such grabbers, she comes across as substantially less qualified to write this book.

    Author! Author! » 2010 » September

  • I ask them about their computer skills, and some say they have none, fessing up to being computer illiterate and saying, timorously, how hopeless they are at that sort of thing.

    In the Basement of the Ivory Tower

  • It was one of those strange purple dawns that color July there, when the bowl made by the hills fills with a thick fog and even the songbirds sing timorously, unsure of day or night.

    Excerpt: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

  • Notice that he or she, still hiding timorously behind the screen of anonymity, rose to none of my challenges.

    Overrated novels

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