adjective, tim·id·er, tim·id·est.
- lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.
- characterized by or indicating fear: a timid approach to a problem.
- easily frightened or upset, esp by human contact; shy
- indicating shyness or fear
adj.1540s, from Middle French timide “easily frightened, shy,” from Latin timidus “fearful,” from timere “to fear.” Related: Timidly; timidness.