noun (1)
tim·​o·​thy | \ ˈti-mə-thē How to pronounce timothy (audio) \

Definition of timothy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a European perennial grass (Phleum pratense) that has long cylindrical spikes and is widely grown for hay in the U.S.


noun (2)
Tim·​o·​thy | \ ˈti-mə-thē How to pronounce Timothy (audio) \

Definition of Timothy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a disciple of the apostle Paul
2 : either of two letters written with regard to pastoral care in the early church and included as books in the New Testament — see Bible Table

First Known Use of timothy

Noun (1)

1747, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for timothy

Noun (1)

probably after Timothy Hanson, 18th century American farmer said to have introduced it from New England to the southern states

Noun (2)

Latin Timotheus, from Greek Timotheos

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“Timothy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timothy. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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