Definition of timid adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtɪmɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪmɪd//
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shy and nervous; not brave He stopped in the doorway, too timid to go in. They've been rather timid in the changes they've made (= they've been afraid to make any big changes). a timid voice Deer are naturally timid creatures. See related entries: Nervous Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin timidus, from timere ‘to fear’.Extra examples She looked extremely timid. a rather timid girl I was too timid to ask anyone. They’re pretty timid creatures who will run away at the slightest noise. Timid children need careful handling to build up their confidence.
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