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timid

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪmɪd
 
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Definition of timid in English:

adjective (timider, timidest)

Showing a lack of courage or confidence; easily frightened: I was too timid to ask for what I wanted
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
easily frightened, lacking courage, fearful, apprehensive, afraid, frightened, scared, faint-hearted;
shy, diffident, bashful, self-effacing, shrinking, unassuming, unassertive, reserved, retiring, reticent, quiet, timorous, nervous, modest, demure, coy, meek, humble;

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin timidus, from timere 'to fear'.

Derivatives

timidity

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈmɪdɪti/
noun
Example sentences
  • I held her eyes, seeing the fright, the timidity, the love.
  • It was almost one of extreme excitement, nervousness, and timidity whipped together.
  • When we restrict and control conversation in the community, we communicate anxiety and timidity.

timidly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • Bella took a hesitant forward before timidly trying to walk down the runway.
  • She studied the bird carefully as it walked timidly towards her, and nudged her.
  • Newcomers timidly sit down next to oldtimers as scores for this year's works are excitedly passed down the rows.

timidness

3
noun
Example sentences
  • However, I think I can get over my timidness for this.
  • I want to follow up on that point by looking at the extraordinary timidness that has characterized recent liberal political tactics.
  • It brings Edward's emotional timidness to the forefront, as well as evoking the fairy tale nature and fantastic, exaggerated tone of the film.

Words that rhyme with timid

chrysalidOzaliddesmid

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