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Timid; timorous.

[Latin trepidus, anxious.]
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(ˈtrɛpɪd) or


trembling or fearful
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(ˈtrɛp ɪd)

fearful or apprehensive.
[1640–50; < Latin trepidus]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.trepid - timid by nature or revealing timiditytrepid - timid by nature or revealing timidity; "timorous little mouse"; "in a timorous tone"; "cast fearful glances at the large dog"
timid - showing fear and lack of confidence
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