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Full of apprehensiveness; timid.

[Middle English, from Old French timoureus, from Medieval Latin timōrōsus, from Latin timor, timōr-, fear, from timēre, to fear.]

tim′or·ous·ly adv.
tim′or·ous·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.timorousness - fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
fear, fearfulness, fright - an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
cold feet - timidity that prevents the continuation of a course of action; "I was going to tell him but I got cold feet"
shyness - a feeling of fear of embarrassment
diffidence, self-distrust, self-doubt - lack of self-confidence
2.timorousness - fearfulness in venturing into new and unknown places or activities
faintheartedness, faintness - the trait of lacking boldness and courage; "faintness of heart and infirmity of purpose"
fearfulness - the trait of being afraid
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References in classic literature ?
This is, however, my third manly prudence: I am not put out of conceit with the WICKED by your timorousness.
`Bus all right," he answered in a brusque, slurring stammer partaking of the timorousness of a child and the resolution of a man.
But we must betray Hepzibah's secret, and confess that the native timorousness of her character even now developed itself in a quick tremor, which, to her own perception, set each of her joints at variance with its fellows.
The administration's proposed joint inquiry with China is a ridiculous idea that should forthwith be ditched, being just another manifestation of the Philippines' timorousness vis-a-vis its giant 'friend.'
He prefers Proust over James, adding that the former is braver, "and indeed one has to be in French which does not allow emotional timorousness to be translated into such indeterminate vagueness as English." To his friend Jean Floud he writes: "I cannot take more of the Bellow-Kazin-Malamud-Roth regional culture; it is too claustrophobic, sticky, hideously self-indulgent."
Lyrically, a bashful boy begs his beau to accommodate his timorousness.
Many schools operate a play separation strategy by Key Stage on the grounds of child safety, but such timorousness is refuted by the example of other primary schools that do not," it says.
The timorousness of this phrase perhaps suggests that Read thought Woodcock over-ambitious in imagining Anarchy or Chaos in a Penguin dustjacket, but he added that the book had come at a pivotal time for anarchism in Britain.
(239.) HOBBES, supra note 221, at 142 (noting that for those commanded to serve in the military, "there is allowance to be made for natural timorousness, not only to women ...
In the end, timorousness is the primary check on the
(155) A university's consistent timorousness with respect to patent enforcement could cause faculty inventors to lose faith in their employer's ability to monetize their inventions, ultimately leading to a decrease in invention disclosures and the departure of entrepreneurial faculty to universities more protective of their patents.