tim·​id | \ ˈti-məd How to pronounce timid (audio) \

Definition of timid

1 : lacking in courage or self-confidence a timid person
2 : lacking in boldness or determination a timid policy

Other Words from timid

timidity \ tə-​ˈmi-​də-​tē How to pronounce timid (audio) \ noun
timidly \ ˈti-​məd-​lē How to pronounce timid (audio) \ adverb
timidness noun

Examples of timid in a Sentence

She's very timid and shy when meeting strangers. He gave her a timid smile.
Recent Examples on the Web And the supreme leader hasn’t been timid about purging those who cast some skepticism about the importance of the regime’s atomic ambitions. Reuel Marc Gerecht, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 But the moves are timid at best and consist of releases of older titles, rather than current movies. Patrick Frater, Variety, 17 Apr. 2022 Richie’s role as artistic director is being filled by five associate artistic directors who are already moving to address concerns that the organization has been timid with issues of diversity in its programming, staff and audiences. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 In an open letter, Loznitsa said the EFA has been too timid in its response and unwilling to call out and condemn Russian aggression, prompting the organization to change its tone with a new statement. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2022 Yet there is concern in Congress that Biden's administration is too timid in its response and too slow to send needed military equipment. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 31 Mar. 2022 But while his 4-for-6 shooting was an improvement from previously timid performances, his 12 points weren’t enough to turn the tide. Julia Poe, chicagotribune.com, 3 Apr. 2022 Try marrying a pink cardigan with a white T-shirt and jeans to zhush up a ho-hum uniform or, for the especially timid, slip a pink sock in with a navy suit and black oxford shoes. Todd Plummer, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is demanding that the United States and its allies send more weapons and ratchet up sanctions, portraying some leaders as timid in the face of Russian aggression. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of timid

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for timid

Latin timidus, from timēre to fear

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13 May 2022

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“Timid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timid. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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tim·​id | \ ˈti-məd How to pronounce timid (audio) \

Kids Definition of timid

: feeling or showing a lack of courage or self-confidence : shy a timid deer a timid smile

Other Words from timid

timidly adverb
timidness noun

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