The definition of timorous is being scared and shy.
An example of timorous is a child who cries and hides behind their mother when around strangers.
- full of or subject to fear; timid
- showing or caused by timidity
Origin of timorousMiddle English tymerouse ; from Middle French timoreus ; from Medieval Latin timorosus ; from Classical Latin timor, fear
Full of apprehensiveness; timid.
Origin of timorousMiddle English, from Old French timoureus, from Medieval Latin timōrōsus, from Latin timor, timōr-, fear, from timēre, to fear.