TIMID: Synonyms and Related Words. What is Another Word for TIMID?

Need another word that means the same as “timid”? Find 13 synonyms and 30 related words for “timid” in this overview.

The synonyms of “Timid” are: faint, faint-hearted, fainthearted, diffident, shy, unsure, lacking courage, fearful, apprehensive, afraid, frightened, scared, cautious

Timid as a Noun

Definitions of "Timid" as a noun

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “timid” as a noun can have the following definitions:

  • People who are fearful and cautious.

Synonyms of "Timid" as a noun (1 Word)

cautiousPeople who are fearful and cautious.

Usage Examples of "Timid" as a noun

  • Whitewater rafting is not for the timid.

Timid as an Adjective

Definitions of "Timid" as an adjective

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “timid” as an adjective can have the following definitions:

  • Showing fear and lack of confidence.
  • Lacking conviction or boldness or courage.
  • Lacking self-confidence.
  • Showing a lack of courage or confidence; easily frightened.

Synonyms of "Timid" as an adjective (12 Words)

afraidFeeling fear or anxiety; frightened.
She tried to think about the future without feeling afraid.
apprehensiveQuick to understand- Nathaniel Hawthorne.
He felt apprehensive about going home.
diffidentModest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence.
Stood in the doorway diffident and abashed.
faintLacking clarity or distinctness.
A faint aroma.
faint-heartedLacking conviction or boldness or courage.
faintheartedLacking conviction or boldness or courage.
fearfulVery great.
Fearful of criticism.
frightenedThrown into a state of intense fear or desperation.
I m not frightened of him.
lacking courageInadequate in amount or degree.
scaredMade afraid.
Too shocked and scared to move.
shy(of a plant) not bearing flowers or fruit well or prolifically.
I was pretty shy at school.
unsureLacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance.
The date is unsure.

Usage Examples of "Timid" as an adjective

  • I was too timid to ask for what I wanted.
  • Problems that call for bold not timid responses.

Associations of "Timid" (30 Words)

afraidAnxious about the well-being or safety of.
Afraid to show emotion.
bashfulDisposed to avoid notice blate is a Scottish term for bashful.
Don t be bashful about telling folk how you feel.
caitiffA cowardly and despicable person.
A caitiff knight.
cowardlyLacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted- P.B.Shelley.
A cowardly attack on a helpless victim.
coyAffectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way.
She treated him to a coy smile of invitation.
cravenA cowardly person.
The craven fellow turned and ran.
dastardDespicably cowardly.
The unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on December 7th.
demure(of clothing) giving a modest appearance.
Antonia was pensive and demure.
diffidentModest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence.
A diffident youth.
faintheartedLacking conviction or boldness or courage.
fearBe afraid or scared of; be frightened of.
He urged his listeners to fear God.
fearfulCausing or likely to cause people to be afraid; horrifying.
A fearful glance.
frightenedAfraid or anxious.
The frightened child cowered in the corner.
introversionThe tendency to be concerned with one’s own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things.
The tongue tied introversion of the self conscious artist.
irresoluteShowing or feeling hesitancy; uncertain.
The committee was timid and mediocre and irresolute.
loath(usually followed by `to’) strongly opposed.
Loath to admit a mistake.
passiveThe passive voice.
Passive resistance.
prissyFussily and excessively respectable.
A middle class family with two prissy children.
pruderyExcessive or affected modesty.
prudishHaving or revealing a tendency to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity; excessively concerned with sexual propriety.
The prudish moral climate of the late 19th century.
pusillanimousLacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful.
reservedSlow to reveal emotion or opinions.
Was habitually reserved in speech withholding her opinion.
retiringShy and fond of being on one’s own.
A gentle retiring person who avoided conflict.
scaredMade afraid.
He s scared to come to you and ask for help.
shyNervous or timid in the company of other people.
Shy of strangers.
skittishUnpredictably excitable (especially of horses.
My skittish and immature mother.
timidityFear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions.
She believes everyone can overcome their timidity.
timorousTimid by nature or revealing timidity.
Timorous little mouse.
tremulousTimid; nervous.
He gave a tremulous smile.
unassertiveInclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence.
A shy unassertive person.

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