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timid

[tim-id] /ˈtɪm ɪd/
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
1540-1550
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
Synonyms
1. fearful, fainthearted. See cowardly.
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British Dictionary definitions for timidest

timid

/ˈtɪmɪd/
adjective
1.
easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
2.
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 timidest

timid

adj.

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

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