timorous

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From Old French temoros, from Medieval Latin timorosus, from Latin timor fear, from timeō to be afraid.

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timorous (comparative more timorous, superlative most timorous)

  1. fearful, afraid, timid
    • by Robert Burns
      Wee sleekit, cowrin', tim'rous beastie,
      Oh, what a panic's in thy breastie!
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 16]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      He turned a long you are wrong gaze on Stephen of timorous dark pride at the soft impeachment with a glance also of entreaty for he seemed to glean in a kind of a way that it wasn't all exactly.
    • 1934, George Orwell, Burmese Days:
      The suspect was a man of forty, with a grey, timorous face, dressed only in a ragged longyi kilted to the knee, beneath which his lank, curved shins were specked with tick-bites.

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