timid

timid, *timorous both mean so fearful and apprehensive as to hesitate or hold back. Timid stresses lack of courage and daring and usually implies extreme cautiousness and fearfulness of change or of venture into the unknown or uncertain
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a timid investor

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timid as a deer

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timid about making decisions

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a timid person would rather remain miserable than do anything unusual— Russell

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Timorous stresses domination by fears and apprehensions; it implies a temporary or habitual frame of mind which causes one to shrink from an action or activity which requires independence, decision, or self-assertiveness and suggests terror rather than extreme caution
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Murray, the most timorous, as Byron called him, of all God's booksellers— Scott

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in another moment she seemed to have descended from her womanly eminence to helpless and timorous girlhood— Wharton

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timorous and fearful of challenge— Mencken

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Analogous words: *fearful, apprehensive, afraid: *cautious, circumspect, calculating, wary, chary
Contrasted words: *brave, courageous, unafraid, fearless, intrepid, valiant, bold, audacious

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  • timid — TIMÍD, Ă, timizi, de, adj. (Despre oameni; adesea substantivat) Lipsit de îndrăzneală, de încredere în sine; sfios, ruşinos; (despre însuşirile sau acţiunile oamenilor) care dovedeşte, trădează o astfel de fire. – Din fr. timide, lat. timidus.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Timid — Tim id, a. [L. timidus, fr. timere to fear; cf. Skr. tam to become breathless, to become stupefief: cf. F. timide.] Wanting courage to meet danger; easily frightened; timorous; not bold; fearful; shy. [1913 Webster] Poor is the triumph o er the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • timid — [adj] shy afraid, ambivalent, apprehensive, badgered, bashful, browbeaten, bullied, capricious, cowardly, cowed, cowering, coy, daunted, demure, diffident, fainthearted, fearful, feeble, frightened, gentle, having cold feet*, humble, intimidated …   New thesaurus

  • timid — [tim′id] adj. [L timidus < timere, to fear] 1. easily frightened; lacking self confidence; shy; timorous 2. showing fear or lack of self confidence; hesitant [a timid reply] SYN. AFRAID timidity [tə mid′ə tē] n. timidness timidly adv …   English World dictionary

  • Timīd — (lat.), schüchtern, zaghaft …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Timid — Timīd (lat.), furchtsam, schüchtern, zaghaft …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Timid — Timid, vom lat. timidus, furchtsam, schüchtern; Timidität, Furchtsamkeit …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • timid — index diffident, hesitant, irresolute, recreant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • timid — (adj.) 1540s, from M.Fr. timide easily frightened, shy, from L. timidus fearful, from timere to fear. Related: Timidly; timidness …   Etymology dictionary

  • timid — [ˈtɪmɪd] adj shy and nervous timidity [tɪˈmɪdəti] noun [U] timidly adv …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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