Definition of timorous in English:


Line breaks: tim¦or|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈtɪm(ə)rəs




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  • It's their actions that send our hands flying to our eyes, he says, and our need to understand their motives that then gives us the courage to peep timorously through our fingers.
  • ‘I wanna give you one of these, Chester,’ he said, and timorously gave him a copy of his book.
  • The Cold War and the nuclear threat got us into the habit of timorously cowering at the prospect of any great action.


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  • This startling performance was followed by the even greater upheaval of 1838 when he gave an address to the Harvard Divinity School that was a religious counterpart to his trashing of scholarly timorousness and convention.
  • I note that she herself falls short of recommending specific books or topics, and thus can be accused of the same timorousness that she ascribes to the text writers.
  • Chaos was beginning to overtake the townships, as children, outraged by the timorousness of their parents, seized the initiative themselves.


late Middle English (in the sense 'feeling fear'): from Old French temoreus, from medieval Latin timorosus, from Latin timor 'fear', from timere 'to fear'.

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