timorous

[ tim-er-uhs ]

Part of Speech

adjective (1),adjective (2)

Definition

adjective (1)

full of fear; fearful

adjective (2)

characterized by or indicating fear

Origin + Etymology

Late Middle English; Latin

from Old French temoreus, from medieval Latin timorosus, from Latin timor ‘fear’, from timere ‘to fear’

Synonyms

adjective (1)

  • fearful
  • apprehensive
  • timid

adjective (2)

  • fearful
  • shuddering

Antonyms

adjective (1)

  • bold
  • brazen
  • forthcoming

adjective (2)

  • bold
  • confident

Examples

adjective (1)

The noise made them timorous.

adjective (2)

The little boy spoke in a timorous whisper.

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