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

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trepidatiously adverb

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Fans of the 1994 movie version of Little Women, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Bale, are probably a little trepidatious about the forthcoming adaptation of the story. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Greta Gerwig's Little Women: Everything You Need to Know," 26 Aug. 2018 As a philosophy, JAP style prioritizes grooming, trepidatious trendiness, and comfort. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 2018 News of Zucker’s contract renewal will therefore presumably come as a sigh of relief for an organization whose employees are already somewhat trepidatious about what, if anything, might change once AT&T starts cutting their paychecks. Joe Pompeo, The Hive, "Exclusive: Jeff Zucker Renews at CNN Through the 2020 Election," 13 June 2018 Gabrielle Reece snapped on a swim cap and held out a mask to an appropriately trepidatious visitor. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "A Radical Underwater Workout," 5 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of trepidatious

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trepidatious was in 1904

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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