timid

Timid means "overly cautious or fearful," like a timid driver who drives very slowly or avoids highways altogether.

Timid comes from the Middle French word timide, meaning "easily frightened, shy." Those who are timid often worry that things will go wrong: a timid eater orders bland food to avoid the possibility not liking the flavor of something new, just as a timid partygoer talks to people he already knows, afraid that he won't be able to talk to strangers.

Definitions of timid
  1. adjective
    showing fear and lack of confidence
    Synonyms:
    unadventurous
    lacking in boldness
    afraid
    filled with fear or apprehension
    unassertive
    inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence
    backward
    (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature
    bashful
    self-consciously timid
    coy
    modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures
    fearful, timorous, trepid
    timid by nature or revealing timidity
    intimidated
    made timid or fearful as by threats
    mousey, mousy
    quiet and timid and ineffectual
    cowardly, fearful
    lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
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    Antonyms:
    bold
    fearless and daring
    adventuresome, adventurous
    willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises
    fearless, unafraid
    oblivious of dangers or perils or calmly resolute in facing them
    forward
    used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty
    audacious, brave, dauntless, fearless, hardy, intrepid, unfearing
    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
    daredevil, temerarious
    presumptuously daring
    emboldened
    made bold or courageous
    foolhardy, heady, rash, reckless
    marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
    heroic, heroical
    having or displaying qualities appropriate for heroes
    nervy
    showing or requiring courage and contempt of danger
    overreaching, vaulting
    revealing excessive self-confidence; reaching for the heights
    overvaliant
    having or showing undue valor or boldness
    brave, courageous
    possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
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  2. adjective
    lacking self-confidence
    “problems that call for bold not timid responses”
    synonyms: diffident, shy, unsure
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    Antonyms:
    confident
    having or marked by confidence or assurance
    assured
    marked by assurance; exhibiting confidence
    cocksure, overconfident, positive
    marked by excessive confidence
    reassured
    having confidence restored; freed from anxiety
    self-assured, self-confident
    showing poise and confidence in your own worth
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  3. adjective
    lacking conviction or boldness or courage
    synonyms: faint, faint-hearted, fainthearted
    cowardly, fearful
    lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
  4. noun
    people who are fearful and cautious
    “whitewater rafting is not for the timid
    synonyms: cautious
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    Antonyms:
    brave
    people who are brave
    type of:
    people
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
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