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A timid reply.
An example of timid is a scared and lost child.
Problems that call for bold, not timid, responses.
John's a very timid person. I'll doubt he'll be brave enough to face his brother.
Another timid voice came from the hallway.
She responded to him with raw hunger, no longer timid as she had been when he kissed her the day before.
She suddenly felt guilty and grew timid on catching the expression of his face and eyes.
So he sat there trembling and afraid; for he was a timid, bashful man and did not like to be noticed.
When I was a very little child I used to sit in my mother's lap all the time, because I was very timid, and did not like to be left by myself.