intimidated

adjective

in·​tim·​i·​dat·​ed in-ˈti-mə-ˌdā-təd How to pronounce intimidated (audio)
: made to feel timid : affected or held back by feelings of fear or timidity
When you're a collector and just starting out, you do feel a bit intimidated Robert I. C. Fisher
For years, the civil rights lobby, backed by Democrats in Congress, was so strong that critics often felt intimidated. Joseph P. Shapiro
… he was a supreme boss with a thoroughly intimidated staff that yearned to see him destroyed. Russell Baker
She didn't know how to use any of the other cardio machines and was too intimidated to ask. Sarah Bowen Shea

Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intimidated was in 1748

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Cite this Entry

“Intimidated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intimidated. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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