adjective, tim·id·er, tim·id·est.

  1. lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.
  2. characterized by or indicating fear: a timid approach to a problem.


  1. easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
  2. indicating shyness or fear

adj.1540s, from Middle French timide “easily frightened, shy,” from Latin timidus “fearful,” from timere “to fear.” Related: Timidly; timidness.

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