Wanting courage to meet danger; easily frightened; timorous; not bold; fearful; shy. "Poor is the triumph o'er the timid hare." (Thomson)

Synonyms: Fearful, timorous, afraid, cowardly, pusillanimous, faint-hearted, shrinking, retiring.

Tim"idly, Tim"idness.

Origin: L. Timidus, fr. Timere to fear; cf. Skr. Tam to become breathless, to become stupefief: cf. F. Timide.

(01 Mar 1998)