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Tuesday, July 03, 2001

timorous

\TIM-uhr-uhs\ , adjective;
1.
Full of apprehensiveness; timid; fearful.
2.
Indicating, or caused by, fear.
Quotes:
Girls, allegedly so timorous and lacking in confidence, now outnumber boys in student government, in honor societies, on school newspapers, and even in debating clubs.
-- Christina Hoff Sommers, The War Against Boys
Some men by the unalterable frame of their constitutions, are stout, others timorous, some confident, others modest.
-- John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education
The way we are living,
timorous or bold,
will have been our life.
-- Seamus Heaney, "Elegy",
Origin:
The source of timorous is Latin timor, "fear."
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