timid (adj.) 1540s, from M.Fr. timide "easily frightened, shy," from L. timidus "fearful," from timere "to fear." Related: Timidly; timidness.

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  • timid — TIMÍD, Ă, timizi, de, adj. (Despre oameni; adesea substantivat) Lipsit de îndrăzneală, de încredere în sine; sfios, ruşinos; (despre însuşirile sau acţiunile oamenilor) care dovedeşte, trădează o astfel de fire. – Din fr. timide, lat. timidus.… …   Dicționar Român

  • timid — timid, *timorous both mean so fearful and apprehensive as to hesitate or hold back. Timid stresses lack of courage and daring and usually implies extreme cautiousness and fearfulness of change or of venture into the unknown or uncertain {a timid… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Timid — Tim id, a. [L. timidus, fr. timere to fear; cf. Skr. tam to become breathless, to become stupefief: cf. F. timide.] Wanting courage to meet danger; easily frightened; timorous; not bold; fearful; shy. [1913 Webster] Poor is the triumph o er the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • timid — [adj] shy afraid, ambivalent, apprehensive, badgered, bashful, browbeaten, bullied, capricious, cowardly, cowed, cowering, coy, daunted, demure, diffident, fainthearted, fearful, feeble, frightened, gentle, having cold feet*, humble, intimidated …   New thesaurus

  • timid — [tim′id] adj. [L timidus < timere, to fear] 1. easily frightened; lacking self confidence; shy; timorous 2. showing fear or lack of self confidence; hesitant [a timid reply] SYN. AFRAID timidity [tə mid′ə tē] n. timidness timidly adv …   English World dictionary

  • Timīd — (lat.), schüchtern, zaghaft …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Timid — Timīd (lat.), furchtsam, schüchtern, zaghaft …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Timid — Timid, vom lat. timidus, furchtsam, schüchtern; Timidität, Furchtsamkeit …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • timid — index diffident, hesitant, irresolute, recreant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • timid — [ˈtɪmɪd] adj shy and nervous timidity [tɪˈmɪdəti] noun [U] timidly adv …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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