tim·​id | \ ˈti-məd How to pronounce timid (audio) \

Definition of timid

1 : lacking in courage or self-confidence a timid person
2 : lacking in boldness or determination a timid policy

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Other Words from timid

timidity \ tə-​ˈmi-​də-​tē How to pronounce timid (audio) \ noun
timidly \ ˈti-​məd-​lē How to pronounce timid (audio) \ adverb
timidness noun

Examples of timid in a Sentence

She's very timid and shy when meeting strangers. He gave her a timid smile.
Recent Examples on the Web So many museum directors in America are timid, pasty bores who not only go with the flow. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 9 Oct. 2021 Now, though mask mandates are back and many people are once again feeling timid around crowds, there are few absolute restrictions. Emma Talley, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Aug. 2021 In the October mystery, suspects include an array of interesting, quirky characters such as the museum financier and her attorney, the ex-wife of the man who got murdered and a shy, timid technical director of the museum. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 30 Sep. 2021 Start with Cousins, who regularly has good stats, but often looks timid in the biggest games. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Where there should have been bold action, there has been largely silence and half measures -- President Joe Biden's timid authorization of broad sanctions among them. Isha Sesay, Masai Ujiri, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 Vaakanainen looked timid with the puck, lacking urgency to his game. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2021 While searching for a suitable future Princess, Cazotte teaches the timid and introverted Crown Prince the art of seduction and lovemaking. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 31 Aug. 2021 Last year, players seemed uncomfortable with masks on and were often timid to interact with teammates. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of timid

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for timid

Latin timidus, from timēre to fear

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16 Oct 2021

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“Timid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timid. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of timid

: feeling or showing a lack of courage or confidence


tim·​id | \ ˈti-məd How to pronounce timid (audio) \

Kids Definition of timid

: feeling or showing a lack of courage or self-confidence : shy a timid deer a timid smile

Other Words from timid

timidly adverb
timidness noun

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