Timid meaning

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The definition of timid is shy and fearful.

An example of timid is a scared and lost child.

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Easily frightened; lacking self-confidence; shy; timorous.
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Lacking self-confidence; shy.
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Showing fear or lack of self-confidence; hesitant.

A timid reply.

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Fearful and hesitant.

Problems that call for bold, not timid, responses.

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Lacking in courage or confidence.

John's a very timid person. I'll doubt he'll be brave enough to face his brother.

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Origin of timid

  • Latin timidus from timēre to fear

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French timide, from Latin timidus (“full of fear, fearful, timid"), from timeo (“I fear").

    From Wiktionary