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timorous

[tim-er-uh s] /ˈtɪm ər əs/
adjective
1.
full of fear; fearful:
The noise made them timorous.
2.
subject to fear; timid.
3.
characterized by or indicating fear:
a timorous whisper.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin timōrōsus (Latin timōr- (stem of timor) fear + -ōsus -ous)
Related forms
timorously, adverb
timorousness, noun
overtimorous, adjective
overtimorously, adverb
overtimorousness, noun
untimorous, adjective
untimorously, adverb
untimorousness, noun
Synonyms
1. See cowardly.
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British Dictionary definitions for timorously

timorous

/ˈtɪmərəs/
adjective
1.
fearful or timid
2.
indicating fear or timidity
Derived Forms
timorously, adverb
timorousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French temoros, from Medieval Latin timōrōsus, from Latin timor fear, from timēre to be afraid
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Word Origin and History for timorously

timorous

adj.

mid-15c., from Old French temeros (14c.), from Medieval Latin timorosus "fearful," from Latin timor "fear," from timere "to fear." Some early sense confused by mistaken identification with Middle English temerous "rash" (see temerity). Related: Timorously; timorousness.

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