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[tim-id] /ˈtɪm ɪd/
adjective, timider, timidest.
lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.
characterized by or indicating fear:
a timid approach to a problem.
Origin of timid
1540-50; < Latin timidus fearful, equivalent to tim(ēre) to fear + -idus -id4
Related forms
timidity, timidness, noun
timidly, adverb
overtimid, adjective
overtimidly, adverb
overtimidness, noun
overtimidity, noun
untimid, adjective
untimidly, adverb
untimidness, noun
1. fearful, fainthearted. See cowardly. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for timid
  • Even remedies of a right tendency have become discredited because of the failure of a timid and vacillating application of them.
  • But its goals are so modest, so tiny, so timid that fulfillment is exactly what it does not provide.
  • timid sheep graze in flocks to guard against predators.
  • Advocates of space exploration, meanwhile, often deride the space station as too timid a venture.
  • Not timid in attempts to run the ball through the pile.
  • The cloned animals exhibit the full spectrum of behavioral traits, from curious and inquisitive to timid and shy.
  • It was admittedly a timid effort that suggested the barest glimpse of new media's potential, but it was something.
  • Meanwhile, the more timid among us can sit back and watch.
  • timid and complacent, our big companies are showing the same tendencies that turned traditional utilities into dinosaurs.
British Dictionary definitions for timid


easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
indicating shyness or fear
Derived Forms
timidity, timidness, noun
timidly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin timidus, from timēre to fear
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Word Origin and History for timid

1540s, from Middle French timide "easily frightened, shy," from Latin timidus "fearful," from timere "to fear." Related: Timidly; timidness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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