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
In the second half of the year the two industries both started to recover, albeit timidly.
Wilder works timidly in a photo-processing booth in the middle of a parking lot.
Sitting timidly on the side is a chunky puree of chestnuts, half butter, pure flavor.
The reforms of the past few decades have, in fact, grappled with the rich
  world's farm programmes-but only timidly.
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