Definition of timid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtimid/

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.
apprehensive, fearful, easily frightened, afraid, faint-hearted, timorous, nervous, scared, frightened, cowardly, pusillanimous, spineless;
shy, diffident, self-effacing
informal wimpish, wimpy, yellow, chicken, mousy, gutless, sissy, lily-livered, candy-assed, weak-kneed



Pronunciation: /ˈtimidnəs/
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.


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

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Syllabification: tim·id

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