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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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  • The biggest problem is timidity, lack of political will, fear of losing the next election for speaking truth.
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  • The budget's timidity is a reminder of the nasty decisions greenery will henceforth entail.
  • The decision will test whether responsibility overrides timidity.
  • timidity in the face of a noisy road lobby meant that cameras had to be sited only on roads that had seen several fatal accidents.
  • The prevailing spirit of the session, on one side and on the other, has been that of timidity.
  • The local press has pilloried the government for its timidity.
  • The notoriety of to-day he not only despises--he shrinks from it with the timidity of a born scholar.
  • Despite all this, merger plans may be thwarted by the timidity of local rulers.
  • The timidity is all the more surprising considering the source material.
British Dictionary definitions for timidity


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 timidity



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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