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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.
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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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.
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.
In the end, timorousness is the primary check on the
For most of us, time, timorousness, inexperience, or institutional policy constrains such efforts.
It showed extraordinary timorousness on the part of the new leaders that they should have declared liberation after Gaddhafi's death from the safe haven of Benghazi, rather than from the capital, Tripoli, and should have buried his body deep in the desert.
the timorousness at the threshold of passion, the recalcitrant reserve