trepidatious

adjective trep·i·da·tious \ ˌtre-pə-ˈdā-shəs \
variants: or less commonly trepidacious

Definition of trepidatious

:feeling trepidation :apprehensive
  • Within a couple of minutes of coming "on stage" she had an immediate rapport with the studio audience, discussing with candor what sort of questions they might have, and had the whole session in hand and us trepidatious panelists at ease.
  • —Malcolm S. Forbes

trepidatiously

adverb

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First Known Use of trepidatious

1904


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