Definitions

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

  • adjective Timid; timorous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Trembling from fear or terror; quaking: opposed to intrepid.

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

  • adjective Trembling; quaking.

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  • adjective timid, timorous, fearful

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

[Latin trepidus, anxious.]

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From Latin trepidus ("anxious").

Examples

  • Executives in financial services and technology are the most cutthroat in collecting intelligence about competitors, while pharmaceutical executives and government officials are the most trepid, according to a recent survey.

    Finance and Tech Signal Bold Attitudes on Ethics

  • Everywhere he goes, the trepid hero of Dice Rules is abused.

    My Year of Flops

  • Look at the poor little trepid creature, panting and helpless under the great eyes!

    The Virginians

  • Our delirium is the somber side-effect of a nation under sedation, induced by a heroin-like injected haze of obfuscation and trepid tentativeness to break free of our "pusher."

    Bush's Wonderland and through the Looking Glass of Iraq

  • Kord kvartalis kell 15. 45-16.15 on Kultuurkapitali trepid rahvast täis.

    tatsutahime Diary Entry

  • Caitlin and Sheelagh entered the bathroom with trepid alertness and peered where Zee was pointing.

    In Other Worlds

  • He mastered his trepid nature as best he could, and stayed there.

    Oberheim (Voices)

  • A little later, seeing the in - trepid warrior of eighty-four on her feet with the other delegates, the Empress sent one of her aides across the room with this message:

    The Story of a Pioneer

  • The muscles of the spiritual athlete pant for such exertion; and without it, they would dwindle into trepid imbecility.

    Probabilities : An aid to Faith

  • The muscles of the spiritual athlete pant for such exertion; and without it, they would dwindle into trepid imbecility.

    The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper

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