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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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  • This he did timidly: with shame for the weakness of the flesh.

    Every Man for Himself Norman Duncan
  • With some embarrassment he delicately, timidly, hinted his apprehensions.

  • "O, but I'm only there for hunting," observed Billy, timidly.

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • She timidly signed the card and returned it to the corner of the table.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Psyche approached it timidly, and presently found courage to enter.

    Gods and Heroes R. E. Francillon
  • Now, timidly peeping from behind her skirts, he ventured to open his eyes on it.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • The girl took a few steps, then timidly struck out with her stick, only to miss the piñata by several feet.

    The Mystery of Carlitos Helen Randolph
  • His hand groped for hers and as she took it, timidly, he drew her closer.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • The suggestion, timidly given, that some of it belonged to her was received with regal anger.

    The Shadow Mary White Ovington
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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