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timid (diffident)

Definition:

lacking self-confidence

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

timidness

Comparatives:

more timid | timider

Superlatives:

most timid | timidest

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Described by:

confidence

Usage example:

problems that call for bold not timid responses

Synonyms:

diffident | shy | unsure

Etymology:

Middle French timide "easily frightened, shy", from Latin timidus "fearful",...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of timid...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Shyness | diffidence

the feeling of apprehension, lack of comfort, or awkwardness experienced when a person is in proximity to, approaching, or being approached by other people, especially in new situations or with unfamiliar people. Shyness may come from genetic traits,... (38 of 5392 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Shyness

Collins Dictionary:

diffident | timid [synonym] | shy [synonym] | diffidence [noun, derived]

lacking self-confidence; timid; shy (4 of 475 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/diffident

Merriam-Webster:

diffident | reserved [synonym, sense-specific] | distrustful [synonym, sense-specific] | unassertive [synonym, sense-specific] | backward [synonym, sense-specific] | bashful [synonym, sense-specific] | coy [synonym, sense-specific] | demure [synonym, sense-specific] | shy [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

hesitant in acting or speaking through lack of self-confidence | [archaic] "distrustful" | "reserved", "unassertive" (13 of 258 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/diffident

Oxford Dictionary:

diffident | diffidently [derived]

modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence (9 of 72 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/diffident

Wiktionary:

diffident | distrustful [synonym, sense-specific] | timid [synonym, sense-specific] | bashful [synonym, sense-specific] | modest [synonym, sense-specific]

[archaic] Lacking confidence in others; distrustful. | Lacking confidence in one's self; distrustful of one's own powers; not self-reliant; timid; modest; bashful; characterized by modest reserve. (25 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/diffident

American Heritage Dictionary:

diffident | diffidently [adverb, related]

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid. See Synonyms at shy1. | Reserved in manner. (18 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/diffident

Cambridge Dictionary:

diffident | diffidence [noun, derived] | diffidently [adverb, derived]

shy and not confident of your abilities (7 of 34 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/diffident

Macmillan British Dictionary:

diffident | diffidence [noun, uncountable, related]

shy (1 of 27 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/diffident

Random House Dictionary:

diffident | distrustful [archaic, synonym, sense-specific]

lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy. | restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc. | [archaic] distrustful (20 of 27 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/diffident

New World Dictionary:

diffident | diffidently [adverb, related]

full of diffidence; lacking self-confidence; timid; shy (7 of 16 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/diffident

Encarta Dictionary:

diffident

lacking self-confidence and rather shy | reserved or restrained in behavior (10 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604627​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

timid

First use: 1540s

Origin: Middle French timide "easily frightened, shy", from Latin timidus "fearful", from timere "to fear".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=timid

Wiktionary:

timid

Origin: French timide, from Latin timidus ("full of fear, fearful, timid"), from timeo ("I fear").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/timid

Collins Dictionary:

timid

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin timidus, from timēre to fear

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/timid

Oxford Dictionary:

timid | timider [comparative] | timidest [superlative]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin timidus, from timere "to fear"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/timid

Merriam-Webster:

timid

First use: 1549

Origin: Latin timidus, from timēre to fear

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/timid

New World Dictionary:

timid

Origin: Latin timidus from timere, to fear

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/timid

American Heritage Dictionary:

timid | timider [comparative] | timidest [superlative]

Origin: Latin timidus, from timēre, to fear.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/timid

Encarta Dictionary:

timid

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin timidus "fearful" from timere "to fear"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861720383​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

timid

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Collins Dictionary:

timid

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "timid"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/timid

Cambridge Dictionary:

timid

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "timid"

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dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/timid

Macmillan British Dictionary:

timid

Audio: British English pronunciation of "timid"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/timid

Macmillan American Dictionary:

timid

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the Free Dictionary:

timid

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Google Dictionary:

timid | timider [comparative] | timidest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "timid"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

timid

Audio: North American pronunciation of "timid"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=timid​001 word=timid

YourDictionary Audio:

timid

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freedictionary.org:

timid

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