timid

[tim-id]
adjective, timider, timidest.
1.
lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.
2.
characterized by or indicating fear: a timid approach to a problem.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin timidus fearful, equivalent to tim(ēre) to fear + -idus -id4

timidity, timidness, noun
timidly, adverb
overtimid, adjective
overtimidly, adverb
overtimidness, noun
overtimidity, noun
untimid, adjective
untimidly, adverb
untimidness, noun


1. fearful, fainthearted. See cowardly.
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timid (ˈtɪmɪd)
 
adj
1.  easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
2.  indicating shyness or fear
 
[C16: from Latin timidus, from timēre to fear]
 
ti'midity
 
n
 
'timidness
 
n
 
'timidly
 
adv

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timid
1549, from M.Fr. timide "easily frightened, shy," from L. timidus "fearful," from timere "to fear."
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Example sentences
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.
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