Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of being timorous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being timorous; timidity; want of courage.

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

  • n. fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
  • n. fearfulness in venturing into new and unknown places or activities

Etymologies

timorous +β€Ž -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And gumption is always welcome (whereas the timorousness of anonymity will be quashed -- c.f. the A-Z of the blog I can't be bothered linking to at the moment).

    Thoughts on Narnia

  • Its main character is its incurable timorousness; it is forever grasping at straws held out by demagogues... its dreams are of banshees, hobgloblins, bugaboos.

    Robert Lenzner: Plutocracy;The Rich Elite And The Rest Of Us

  • Later we take our longer strides, with secret timorousness, preferring a crowd of companions.

    Art and Literature

  • Others have pointed out the timorousness of what they've done, most notably E. J. Dionne and Ezra Klein.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: A Letter From 64 Senators... In an Alternate Universe

  • Is this parochialism, this timorousness and lack of imagination, inevitable in a period like our own, when the unknown looms menacingly and one natural reaction is certainly to draw back, to find refuge in the familiar?

    Steve Fraser: Beyond the Bailout State

  • McCoy saw an animal scurry through the tall grass with the tiny timorousness of a mouse.

    TRIANGLE

  • Obama goes on to disclaim U.S. "meddling," to express his "hope" that the regime will behave in a civilized fashion, and to reiterate his commitment to "tough diplomacy" -- though the timorousness of his own public comments, here and elsewhere, belies the adjective.

    Just Tell the World, 'Go Hang'

  • The nature of his talents, and the timorousness of disposition connected with them, had made him assume the pliability of the versatile old Earl of Northampton, who explained the art by which he kept his ground during all the changes of state, from the reign of Henry VIII. to that of Elizabeth, by the frank avowal, that he was born of the willow, not of the oak.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • β€œHe has already shown a timorousness entirely alien from his ordinary sullenness of nature; he, that would scarce wash his hands after he had slain a man, is now afraid to see a dead body bleed.”

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • That trait is an innate timorousness which masquerades as rebelliousness.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

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