trepidatious

adjective
trep·​i·​da·​tious | \ ˌtre-pə-ˈdā-shəs How to pronounce trepidatious (audio) \
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

Other Words from trepidatious

trepidatiously adverb

Examples of trepidatious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite her friend’s support, Contillo was trepidatious about applying. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Concept: Some fans were very trepidatious about Drag Race making light of the controversial president and his lackeys with this Rusical — but looking back, this was probably the most on-brand way for Drag Race to address the Trump administration. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 29 Mar. 2022 Concept: Some fans were very trepidatious about Drag Race making light of the controversial president and his lackeys with this Rusical — but looking back, this was probably the most on-brand way for Drag Race to address the Trump administration. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 29 Mar. 2022 Fans of the game were trepidatious at first, worried that the newspaper would ruin it. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 9 Apr. 2022 Entertainment has been a critical outlet for our society throughout the uncertainty of lockdown, and the trepidatious return to our new norms. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 16 Dec. 2021 During a recent Disney earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Premier Access for future titles will depend on how trepidatious audiences seem to be about going back to theaters. Savannah Salazar, Vulture, 27 May 2021 At first, not so much: The geeks are trepidatious of this freak in their midst, and Daniel embarrasses himself by not knowing how to set up the projector for Lindsay, Kim, and Nick’s English class. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 6 Mar. 2021 Concept: Some fans were very trepidatious about Drag Race making light of the controversial president and his lackeys with this Rusical — but looking back, this was probably the most on-brand way for Drag Race to address the Trump administration. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 18 Feb. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'trepidatious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of trepidatious

1904, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About trepidatious

Time Traveler for trepidatious

Time Traveler

The first known use of trepidatious was in 1904

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near trepidatious

trepidation

trepidatious

trepidity

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for trepidatious

Last Updated

14 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Trepidatious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trepidatious. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Color

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!