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.
Recent Examples on the Web Many Oregonians are likely to be timid about going into restaurants, theaters, sporting events, concerts and travelling. oregonlive, "Oregon’s budget in the age of coronavirus: “Bad news on every front”," 26 Apr. 2020 Some in America could accuse the bloc of being too timid about using tariffs to get its own way with trading partners, and too weak to overcome the protectionist instincts of its member states. The Economist, "The European Union’s trade policy will involve some tough negotiations," 27 Feb. 2020 After looking timid for much of the first half, hesitant to throw downfield and losing a fumble while being sacked, Cousins was flawless. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "You like that? Vikings’ Kirk Cousins changing the narrative," 18 Nov. 2019 These portions of the film are informative, but the performers seem timid in comparison to their real-life counterparts. Teo Bugbee, New York Times, "‘The Infiltrators’ Review: Immigrant Activists Slip Into Detention," 30 Apr. 2020 And both are rear-drive, because all-wheel drive is for those timid dilettantes who buy Lamborghinis and Audis. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "The Great Compromise: McLaren 600LT vs. GT," 29 Apr. 2020 Brooke Lott, who was at the shelter Thursday, chose a dog like that — Rocky, a 5-year-old Texas brown dog that’s timid and shy — likely from years of being neglected. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Animal Care Services holds adopt-a-thon special to save lives," 2 Jan. 2020 In the coming weeks, more planes will be parked on airport taxiways as airlines shrink to respond to decimated demand and timid passengers. Dallas News, "Parked jets and furloughs: Government aid paves way for airlines to shrink during COVID-19 crisis," 25 Mar. 2020 Yoga Mat, $415, yslrivedroite.com A Foulard That’s Fierce Hermès’s jungle-print scarf is pretty but not timid. WSJ, "The Ultimate Animal-Themed Valentine’s Day Gift Guide," 1 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of timid was in 1549

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20 May 2020

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“Timid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timid. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of timid

: feeling or showing a lack of courage or confidence


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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