tim·​id ˈti-məd How to pronounce timid (audio)
: lacking in courage or self-confidence
a timid person
: lacking in boldness or determination
a timid policy
timidity noun
timidly adverb
timidness noun

Examples of timid in a Sentence

She's very timid and shy when meeting strangers. He gave her a timid smile.
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Word History


Latin timidus, from timēre to fear

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of timid was in 1549

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“Timid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timid. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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tim·​id ˈtim-əd How to pronounce timid (audio)
: feeling or showing a lack of courage or self-confidence : shy
timidity noun
timidly adverb
timidness noun

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