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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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  • She felt that she should like to go, but a certain shyness made her timid.

    Trevethlan: Volume 1 William Davy Watson
  • Suddenly Eucoline touched my arm with a quick and timid motion.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Mrs. Jazeph's timid eyes looked anxiously and perplexedly 104 at him as he spoke.

    The Dead Secret Wilkie Collins
  • He was not timid, however, and resolved to broach the subject.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The horse is naturally a timid animal, and this is why he so frequently stops short at his fences when schooling.

    Ladies on Horseback Nannie Lambert
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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