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

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Other Words from trepidatious

trepidatiously adverb

Examples of trepidatious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Foolhardy animals perish, but overly trepidatious individuals can likewise fail to pass on their genes, because of starvation, stress, and isolation. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, "Why We’re Afraid of Bats," 5 Oct. 2020 Many locals may still feel trepidatious, but many local business owners recognize that a town that relies on tourism to survive cannot simply turn tourists away. oregonlive, "Thinking of escaping to Astoria? The experience has changed," 19 Sep. 2020 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," 20 June 2019 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," 20 June 2019 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," 20 June 2019 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," 20 June 2019 The song itself plays out like a hallucinoeginc journey, beginning slowly with trepidatious steps over the edge of its excitement. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Opiuo Enlists Animator Dr. D Foothead for Psychedelic 'Kaleidoscope' Video: Exclusive," 8 Aug. 2019 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

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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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“Trepidatious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trepidatious. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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