tim·​id | \ ˈti-məd \

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 \ noun
timidly \ ˈti-​məd-​lē \ 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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The real problem is a refined and oh-so-polite Republican establishment too timid and clueless to convey its message effectively or keep its political promises. WSJ, "Trump Gossip Can’t Overshadow His Triumphs," 4 Jan. 2019 Matt is reserved and timid, while the digital version of Joyce is abrasive and continually pushes all of his buttons. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "My Dead Wife, the Robot Car is a Black Mirror-equse podcast about autonomous cars," 21 Oct. 2018 The Weekend Update duo, who will continue their run as co-head writers (along with Kent Sublette) for the show’s upcoming 44th season, aren’t exactly known for being timid. Bethonie Butler, The Seattle Times, "Between hosts and awards, Emmy night could be SNL’s night," 17 Sep. 2018 Parliament’s resistance to Mrs May’s extreme plan has been timid and the Labour opposition feeble. The Economist, "Britain is heading for a soft Brexit," 16 June 2018 And Hanyok masters the role of the slowly blossoming outsider Dory, timid at first but eventually as honest, funny and fearless as the others. Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "‘Ladies Foursome’ maintains remarkable chemistry in return to B Street Theatre," 10 July 2018 Get Out, yes, but also Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a wildly successful action-comedy that had audiences laughing at the spectacle of a timid white teen entering the body of bulging bad-ass Dwayne Johnson. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Art in melting pot America: What's appropriation and what's appropriate? New movies explore," 6 July 2018 This game doesn't reward any kind of feeling sorry for yourself attitude, or playing timid. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles players balancing acknowledging team's circumstances while trying to change them," 18 June 2018 By his own admission, his alter-ego was timid Daniel Striped Tiger, a friendly tiger who wore a wristwatch, while his wife Joanne, interviewed extensively on camera in the documentary, was the inspiration for Queen Sara Saturday. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Mr. Rogers still a trusted name and neighbor to Northwest Indiana public TV," 27 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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English Language Learners Definition of timid

: feeling or showing a lack of courage or confidence


tim·​id | \ ˈti-məd \

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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