Definition of timid in English:



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

    ‘I was too timid to ask for what I wanted’
    • ‘She has a tremendous amount of data but seems timid about really analyzing most of it.’
    • ‘Zidane, and those close to him, claim that he rarely speaks because he is a naturally timid and modest person.’
    • ‘He took on a confident stance and started to advise the younger, more timid worker.’
    • ‘She had thought the timid beings would be fearful of undertaking such a journey.’
    • ‘But he was an extremely timid man and all he did was to stay by her side and prevent her from going out.’
    • ‘Yet he is a keen sighted and extraordinary man, gentle I think by nature and at once timid, modest and reticent.’
    • ‘At first, I was kind of timid, but now I may as well use it to my advantage.’
    • ‘He was just pouring himself another cup of coffee when there was a timid knock on the door.’
    • ‘That's just a timid bureaucrat trying to unload a problem that got dumped in his lap.’
    • ‘Sheep are generally timid and tend to flock together, although they do not compete for rank.’
    • ‘The plot just requires him to be a meek, timid guy next door who believes in following the rules.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I creep forward, mostly on my hands and feet, timid and afraid that he, too, might pull a gun on me.’
    • ‘Too timid to risk present comforts, they never muster the spine to acquire or risk their own capital.’
    • ‘His answer spilled timid and trembling from his frightened lips, a trickle of stuttering feebleness.’
    • ‘We were timid children, and the world we inhabited was too harsh, too angry with itself, but too scared to push the button.’
    • ‘Once inside, things simply got worse for any shy, timid souls who plucked up the courage and made it past the front door.’
    • ‘Eventually they managed to track down frozen varieties of fish, which were fed to the timid bird in a bowl of salted water.’
    • ‘As in all sensitive and generous souls, people born into this sign can seem rather meek and timid.’
    easily frightened, lacking courage, fearful, apprehensive, afraid, frightened, scared, faint-hearted
    trembling, quaking, cowering, weak-kneed
    shy, diffident, bashful, self-effacing, shrinking, unassuming, unassertive, reserved, retiring, reticent, quiet, timorous, nervous, modest, demure, coy, meek, humble
    cowardly, pusillanimous, lily-livered, pigeon-hearted, spineless, craven
    wimpish, sissy, yellow, yellow-bellied, chicken, gutless
    poor-spirited, recreant
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Mid 16th century: from Latin timidus, from timere to fear.