Wanting courage to meet danger; easily frightened; timorous; not bold; fearful; shy. Poor is the triumph o’er the timid hare. (Thomson)
Synonym: fearful, timorous, afraid, cowardly, pusillanimous, faint–hearted, shrinking, retiring.
Origin: L. Timidus, fr. Timere to fear; cf. Skr. Tam to become breathless, to become stupefief: cf. F. Timide.