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Definition timid (fearful) or shy
  • She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
  • She said it with a timorous voice.
  • timorous = timid or shy
  • He was sitting, with a melancholy air, at his poor supper, when Smike's timorous and uncertain knock reached his ears.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
  • She was perhaps too young to realize that what she assumed was her love for Chacko was actually a tentative, timorous, acceptance of herself.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • timorous = timid or shy
  • The traitor speak, and timorously confess
    The manner and the purpose of his treasons;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • timorously = timidly
  • ...the group, peeping timorously over each other's shoulders, beheld no more formidable object than poor little Oliver Twist,
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • timorously = timidly
  • Her voice was at once lusty and timorous.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • timorous = timid or shy
  • Until now those men were timorous as greenwood deer, light fare for jackals, leopards, wolves—wandering deer with no fight in them and no joy in battle.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • timorous = timid (fearful)
  • Not even birds can pass them by, not even the timorous doves that bear ambrosia to Father Zeus; caught by downdrafts, they die on rockwall smooth as ice.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • timorous = timid
  • to confide in him - timorously
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • timorously = timidly
  • her mouth dropped open, her eyes stared wide and timorously, she was the picture of astonished curiosity touched with fear.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • timorously = timidly
  • He told her that for some time he had assisted at the meetings of an Irish Socialist Party where.... The workmen's discussions, he said, were too timorous;
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • timorous = timid (fearful)
  • She moved, I have been told, like a lovely colt when she thought herself unwatched; as timorously as a rabbit when she felt her husband's eye upon her.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • timorously = timidly
  • Gregor went and waited immediately by the door, resolved either to bring the timorous visitor into the room in some way or at least to find out who it was;
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • timorous = timid
  • And knowing your Mother's delicate health and that timorousness which such delicately nurtured Southern ladies would naturally feel regarding matters of business...
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • timorousness = timidity
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • like a timorous thief
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well That Ends Well
  • timorous = timid (fearful)
  • But he was one of those weak creatures, void of pride, timorous, anaemic, hateful souls, full of shifty cunning, who face neither God nor man, who face not even themselves.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • timorous = timid
  • He felt the hand that had closed round his wrist with his disengaged fingers, and his fingers went timorously up the arm, patted a muscular chest, and explored a bearded face.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • timorously = timidly
  • ...we fired our pistols in their faces, and drew out our swords; but there was no occasion; for they flew like timorous sheep, & only three of them remained, beckoning to the rest to come back.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • timorous = timid
  • In his former position it had been pleasant to ... pass through the crowd of petitioners and officials who were timorously awaiting an audience with the governor, and who envied him as with free and easy gait he went straight into his chief's private room to...
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
timorously = timidly

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