Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full of apprehensiveness; timid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. fearful, afraid, timid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fearful of danger; timid; deficient in courage.
  • adj. Indicating, or caused by, fear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fearful; timid; shy; shrinking.
  • Betokening or proceeding from lack of boldness or courage; characterized by fear; weakly hesitant: as, timorous doubts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. timid by nature or revealing timidity

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French timoureus, from Medieval Latin timōrōsus, from Latin timor, timōr-, fear, from timēre, to fear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French temoros, from Medieval Latin timorosus, from Latin timor fear, from timeō to be afraid. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Ah! seest thou not an ambushed Cupid there,
    Too timorous of his charge, with jealous care
    Veils and unveils those beams of heavenly light ..."
    Sheridan, School for Scandal

    January 2, 2008