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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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  • 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.
  • There are signs that this surplus is being trimmed, if only timidly.
  • timidly the soldier put out his hand and opened the door a crack.
  • Ample money is set aside to fund pensions, and it is invested prudently but not timidly.
  • Driven by hunger, the deer usually approach the unprotected areas timidly.
  • Sbe came tv timidly, and looked about her with hesitation.
  • At best, teachers timidly implemented the approaches, adapting them so much that there appeared to be little difference.
British Dictionary definitions for timidly


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 timidly



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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