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tim·id

 (tĭm′ĭd)
adj. tim·id·er, tim·id·est
1. Lacking self-confidence; shy.
2. Fearful and hesitant: problems that call for bold, not timid, responses.

[Latin timidus, from timēre, to fear.]

ti·mid′i·ty, tim′id·ness n.
tim′id·ly adv.

timid

(ˈtɪmɪd)
adj
1. easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
2. indicating shyness or fear
[C16: from Latin timidus, from timēre to fear]
tiˈmidity, ˈtimidness n
ˈtimidly adv

tim•id

(ˈtɪm ɪd)

adj. , -er, -est.
1. lacking in self-assurance, courage, or boldness; timorous; shy.
2. indicating fear or lack of assurance: a timid manner.
[1540–50; < Latin timidus fearful =tim(ēre) to fear + -idus -id4]
ti•mid′i•ty, tim′id•ness, n.
tim′id•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.timid - people who are fearful and cautioustimid - people who are fearful and cautious; "whitewater rafting is not for the timid"
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
brave - people who are brave; "the home of the free and the brave"
Adj.1.timid - showing fear and lack of confidence
unadventurous - lacking in boldness
afraid - filled with fear or apprehension; "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"
unassertive - inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence; "a shy unassertive person"
backward - (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature; "a backward lover"
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley
bold - fearless and daring; "bold settlers on some foreign shore"; "a bold speech"; "a bold adventure"
2.timid - lacking self-confidencetimid - lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man"
3.timid - lacking conviction or boldness or courage; "faint heart ne'er won fair lady"
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

timid

timid

adjective
1. Not forward but reticent or reserved in manner:
Translations
جَبان، هَيّاب، خَجول، خَوّاف
bázlivýplachý
frygtsom
styggur; huglítill; feiminn
bailīgsbiklskautrīgs
plašen

timid

[ˈtɪmɪd] ADJ [person] → tímido; [animal] → huraño, asustadizo

timid

[ˈtɪmɪd] adj (= shy) → timide (= easily scared) → peureux/euse

timid

adjscheu, ängstlich; person, behaviour, words alsoschüchtern, zaghaft; measurezaghaft; to be timid about doing somethingetw nur zögernd tun

timid

[ˈtɪmɪd] adj (shy) → timido/a; (easily scared) → timoroso/a, pauroso/a

timid

(ˈtimid) adjective
easily frightened; nervous; shy. A mouse is a timid creature.
ˈtimidly adverb
tiˈmidity noun
ˈtimidness noun

timid

a. tímido-a.

timid

adj tímido
References in classic literature ?
Elizabeth, or Beth, as everyone called her, was a rosy, smooth- haired, bright-eyed girl of thirteen, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a ;peaceful expression which was seldom disturbed.
In the son's presence she was timid and reserved, but sometimes while he hurried about town intent upon his duties as a reporter, she went into his room and closing the door knelt by a little desk, made of a kitchen table, that sat near a window.
But the vessel proved herself sturdier than the timid ones had dared to hope, and she was soon running before the blast, going out of her course, it is true, but avoiding the danger among the many cays, or small islands, that dot the Caribbean Sea.
As the credulous and excited traveler related the hazardous chances of the wilderness, the blood of the timid curdled with terror, and mothers cast anxious glances even at those children which slumbered within the security of the largest towns.
For the rest of the day, the more timid went whole streets about, for the sake of avoiding the Seven Gables; while the bolder sig nalized their hardihood by challenging their comrades to race past the mansion at full speed.
A curious sight; these bashful bears, these timid warrior whalemen
Espied by some timid man-of-war or blundering discovery-vessel from afar, when the distance obscuring the swarming fowls, nevertheless still shows the white mass floating in the sun, and the white spray heaving high against it; straightway the whale's unharming corpse, with trembling fingers is set down in the log -- shoals, rocks, and breakers hereabouts: beware
If they are timid it makes them start or shy; if they are high-mettled it makes them vicious or dangerous; their tempers are mostly made when they are young.
Pale, shivering, with rigid features and compressed lips, she looked an entirely altered being from the soft and timid creature she had been hitherto.
I saw that the State was half-witted, that it was timid as a lone woman with her silver spoons, and that it did not know its friends from its foes, and I lost all my remaining respect for it, and pitied it.
And what a glance she had: when it fell in reproof upon those servants, they shrunk and quailed as timid people do when the lightning flashes out of a cloud.
Sometimes a bull is timid, finding himself in so strange a place, and he stands trembling, or tries to retreat.