timid

adjective
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

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Other Words from timid

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

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To pass would be timid; partner could have as many as 18 points. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: June 26, 2019," 26 June 2019 Girls have been raised to be cowed, timid, and self-doubting, never feeling confident enough to raise their hands in school, while the boys have been taught to regard their every opinion, however unfounded, as wise, worthy, and wonderful. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Fifty-Fifty Follies," 10 June 2019 The rest of my time is taken up with growing chives on my patio and putting out cracked corn for the timid quail that like to come by, single-file, right before the sun splits the mountains in half each morning. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Like sands through the hourglass, these are the loads of our lives!," 9 June 2019 Some Western diplomats say they are asked to break bad news to the president by aides too timid to do so. The Economist, "Tanzania’s president loves mega-projects. Careful planning, less so," 8 June 2019 But encoding that kind of intuition into software isn't easy, which can lead to self-driving cars that are timid or erratic. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Pedestrians are a hard problem for self-driving cars—here’s one solution," 30 July 2018 Even that relatively timid scene had to follow strict stipulations from S&P in order to air on a network. Whitney Friedlander, Marie Claire, "TV Sex Scenes Are Unrealistic. Rachel Bloom Wants to Change That," 1 Mar. 2019 The vertiginous decline has been largely attributed to an oversupply of oil, caused by U.S. shale production, timid production cuts by OPEC nations and generous sanctions waivers by the U.S. for Iranian oil. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Oil Demand Flashes Red, Sending Crude Prices Even Lower," 20 Dec. 2018 Or did Ford’s programming just unlock the free will in the normally timid robot? William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "‘Westworld’ Episode 10 recap: 5 things to know about ‘The Passenger’ and Season 2's finale," 24 June 2018

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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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timid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of timid

: feeling or showing a lack of courage or confidence

timid

adjective
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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