Adjective "Timid" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Showing a lack of courage or confidence; easily frightened.
  1. 'Too timid to risk present comforts, they never muster the spine to acquire or risk their own capital.'
  2. 'His answer spilled timid and trembling from his frightened lips, a trickle of stuttering feebleness.'
  3. 'I creep forward, mostly on my hands and feet, timid and afraid that he, too, might pull a gun on me.'
  4. 'The plot just requires him to be a meek, timid guy next door who believes in following the rules.'
  5. 'Yet he is a keen sighted and extraordinary man, gentle I think by nature and at once timid, modest and reticent.'
  6. 'At first, I was kind of timid, but now I may as well use it to my advantage.'
  7. 'That said, I really hated this film, and not because it's so dumb, but because it's so timid and gutless.'
  8. 'He took on a confident stance and started to advise the younger, more timid worker.'
  9. 'Once inside, things simply got worse for any shy, timid souls who plucked up the courage and made it past the front door.'
  10. 'But he was an extremely timid man and all he did was to stay by her side and prevent her from going out.'


1. lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.

2. characterized by or indicating fear: a timid approach to a problem.

More examples(as adjective)

"responses can be timid in places."

"people can be timid of people."

"people can be timid as people."

"governments can be timid in approaches."

"gains can be timid in sessions."

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Mid 16th century: from Latin timidus, from timere ‘to fear’.