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adjectiveadjective timider, adjective timidest

  • Showing a lack of courage or confidence; easily frightened.

    ‘I was too timid to ask for what I wanted’
    • ‘Yet he is a keen sighted and extraordinary man, gentle I think by nature and at once timid, modest and reticent.’
    • ‘His answer spilled timid and trembling from his frightened lips, a trickle of stuttering feebleness.’
    • ‘That said, I really hated this film, and not because it's so dumb, but because it's so timid and gutless.’
    • ‘We just seem to be in this fearful, timid phase in our political development.’
    • ‘The plot just requires him to be a meek, timid guy next door who believes in following the rules.’
    • ‘He was just pouring himself another cup of coffee when there was a timid knock on the door.’
    • ‘Once inside, things simply got worse for any shy, timid souls who plucked up the courage and made it past the front door.’
    • ‘As in all sensitive and generous souls, people born into this sign can seem rather meek and timid.’
    • ‘Zidane, and those close to him, claim that he rarely speaks because he is a naturally timid and modest person.’
    • ‘I creep forward, mostly on my hands and feet, timid and afraid that he, too, might pull a gun on me.’
    • ‘She had thought the timid beings would be fearful of undertaking such a journey.’
    • ‘He took on a confident stance and started to advise the younger, more timid worker.’
    • ‘Too timid to risk present comforts, they never muster the spine to acquire or risk their own capital.’
    • ‘We were timid children, and the world we inhabited was too harsh, too angry with itself, but too scared to push the button.’
    • ‘That's just a timid bureaucrat trying to unload a problem that got dumped in his lap.’
    • ‘She has a tremendous amount of data but seems timid about really analyzing most of it.’
    • ‘At first, I was kind of timid, but now I may as well use it to my advantage.’
    • ‘Sheep are generally timid and tend to flock together, although they do not compete for rank.’
    • ‘Eventually they managed to track down frozen varieties of fish, which were fed to the timid bird in a bowl of salted water.’
    • ‘But he was an extremely timid man and all he did was to stay by her side and prevent her from going out.’
    easily frightened, lacking courage, fearful, apprehensive, afraid, frightened, scared, faint-hearted
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/ˈtimid/ /ˈtɪmɪd/


Mid 16th century from Latin timidus, from timere ‘to fear’.