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Synonyms of 'timid'

(adjective) 
Definition
indicating shyness or fear
A timid child, she had learnt obedience at an early age.
Synonyms
nervous
I get very nervous when I'm in the house alone at night.
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shy
He is painfully shy when it comes to talking to new people.
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retiring
I'm still that shy, retiring little girl.
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modest
He's modest, as well as being a great player.
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shrinking
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fearful
I had often been very fearful and isolated.
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cowardly
I was too cowardly to complain.
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apprehensive
People are still terribly apprehensive about the future.
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coy
She was demure without being coy.
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diffident
She was diffident and reserved in meetings.
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bashful
a bashful child
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mousy
He remembered her as a small, mousy woman, invariably worried.
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timorous (literary)
He is a reclusive, timorous creature.
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pusillanimous (formal)
The authorities are too pusillanimous to deal with this situation.
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faint-hearted
The voters may be ready to punish the politicians who devised a faint-hearted solidarity pact.
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afraid
She did not seem at all afraid.
He's afraid to sleep in his own bedroom.
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of afraid
Definition
feeling fear or apprehension
She did not seem at all afraid.He's afraid to sleep in his own bedroom.
Synonyms
shaken,
startled,
timorous (literary),
scared shitless (taboo, slang),
shit-scared (taboo, slang)
in the sense of apprehensive
Definition
fearful or anxious about the future
People are still terribly apprehensive about the future.
Synonyms
disquieted,
twitchy (informal),
antsy (informal)
in the sense of bashful
Definition
shy or modest
a bashful child
Synonyms
shy,
shrinking,
coy,
self-effacing,
aw-shucks (slang, US),
timorous (literary),
easily embarrassed,
overmodest

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