He had a slight hesitation in his speech, and his air of timidity and reserve was almost ludicrous.
Prince Andrew surprised her by his timidity.
There's no room for timidity with this look.
This change of policy was doubtless the result of timidity rather than of a desire to secure re-election by gaining the favour of the Southern Democracy.
The mismanagement of the war broke down the Aberdeen government in 1855, and then Disraeli had the mortification of seeing a fortunate chance of return to office lost by the timidity and distrust of his chief, Lord Derby - the distrust too clearly including the under-valuation of Disraeli himself.