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adjective tim·o·rous \ˈti-mə-rəs, ˈtim-rəs\

Simple Definition of timorous

  • : easily frightened

Full Definition of timorous

  1. 1 :  of a timid disposition :  fearful <reproached myself with being so timorous and cautious — Daniel Defoe>

  2. 2 :  expressing or suggesting timidity <proceed with doubtful and timorous steps — Edward Gibbon>

tim·o·rous·ly adverb
tim·o·rous·ness noun

Examples of timorous

  1. a shy and timorous teenager

  2. He spoke with a timorous voice.



Origin of timorous

Middle English, from Medieval Latin timorosus, from Latin timor fear, from timēre to fear


First Known Use: 15th century



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