Do you suffer from timidity? If so, you probably feel uneasy in new places and situations. You might fear having to make decisions. But as you get more comfortable, your timidity will go away.

The noun timidity is related to the Latin word timidus, from timere, meaning β€œto fear.” In fact, fear is often a cause of timidity β€” fear of the unknown, fear of not knowing what to do. For example, you might experience timidity in visiting a country for the first time because you aren't sure of the local customs or you don't speak the language well. Because you are afraid of embarrassing yourself, you hold back.

Definitions of timidity

n fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions

timidness, timorousness
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cold feet
timidity that prevents the continuation of a course of action
a feeling of fear of embarrassment
diffidence, self-distrust, self-doubt
lack of self-confidence
hesitance, hesitancy
a feeling of diffidence and indecision about doing something
diffidence about self promotion
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fear, fearfulness, fright
an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

n fearfulness in venturing into new and unknown places or activities

boldness, daring, hardihood, hardiness
the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger
faintheartedness, faintness
the trait of lacking boldness and courage
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the trait of being afraid

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