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 ; from timere: see timid
Full of apprehensiveness; timid.
Origin of timorousMiddle English, from Old French timoureus, from Medieval Latin tim&omacron;r&omacron;sus, from Latin timor, tim&omacron;r-, fear, from tim&emacron;re, to fear.