AskDefine | Define timid

Dictionary Definition

timid adj
1 showing fear and lack of confidence [ant: bold]
2 contemptibly timid
3 lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man" [syn: diffident, shy, unsure]
4 lacking conviction or boldness or courage; "faint heart ne'er won fair lady" [syn: faint, fainthearted] n : people who are fearful and cautious; "whitewater rafting is not for the timid" [syn: cautious] [ant: brave]

User Contributed Dictionary



timidus < timeō 'I fear'.


  • /tɪmɪd/


  1. Lacking in courage or confidence.


lacking in courage or confidence

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