timidity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n timidity fearfulness in venturing into new and unknown places or activities
    • n timidity fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Native Americans never actually ate turkey; killing such a timid bird was thought to indicate laziness.
    • n Timidity The quality or state of being timid; timorousness; timidness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n timidity The character of being timid, or easily frightened or daunted; cowardice; fearfulness; timorousness; shyness.
    • n timidity Synonyms See bashfulness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Timidity quality or state of being timid: want of courage
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.”
  • Jean Paul Richter
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    “A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards.”
  • David Grayson
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    “We fail far more often by timidity than by over-daring.”
  • Jean Paul
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    “The timid are afraid before the danger, the cowardly while in danger, and the courageous after danger.”
  • Latin Proverb
    Latin Proverb
    “Fortune favors the bold, but abandons the timid.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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    “History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. timiditas,: cf. F. timidité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. timidustimēre, to fear.

Usage

In literature:

The first timid questions came through the darkness, the first timid answers found their way back.
"The Bridal March; One Day" by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
Rabbits timidly sought their old nests.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
For, I tell you, the indecision, vacillation, and timidity of the duke were the sole causes of our terrible disaster.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Mrs. Ridge was a rather wet blanket, to be sure, but Grandma was a timid old lady who did not like travelling in the dark.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
In shutting the dining-room door upon Edwin, Mr Heve had nodded timidly in a curious way, highly self-conscious.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
A thought that is timidly born will be timidly executed.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
They had imagined her timid; she proved herself bold, verbose, violent.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
But the reeds had to stand where they were, and those who stand still are always timid advisers.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Even Oblooria, the timid, rose to the occasion, and displayed unlooked-for heroism.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
Mrs Captain Tipps was, as we have said, a thin old lady of an excessively timid temperament.
"The Iron Horse" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In poetry:

Timid Warrior! Doubt, arising,
Scares thee with the slightest breath:
Matchless chief! who, Fear despising,
Tramples on the dart of Death!
"Hope" by Ernest Jones
The brook was babbling as of old,
The birds sang full and clear,
And the wild-flowers gay like a carpet lay
In the path of the timid deer.
"The Death Of Robin Hood" by Eugene Field
Fairies, if he knew his presence
Would a demon's spell allay,
Would he heed your timid whisperings?
Would he--will he come to-day?
REVENITA.
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
But Honour's pow'rful voice prevailing,
Breaks the spell that Fancy wove ;
Tow'ring Fame at distance hailing,
Drowns the timid voice of Love.
"The Last Adieu" by Laura Sophia Temple
Fairies, if he knew his presence
Would a demon’s spell allay,
Would he heed your timid whisperings?
Would he—will he come to-day?
REVENITA.
"To Sanson" by Madge Morris Wagner
A little boat, from crest to crest
Was lash'd about, and wildly thrown,
While down below lay timid souls,
Too faint to shriek, too weak to groan.
"The Tempest Stilled" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

And the nuns haven't exactly been timid.
The show's very first scene features a seemingly timid girl being led by an adventurous boy.
City administrators and city managers tend to be a timid lot.
Jay wasn't as timid as I – he tweeted through Cohen's account that he'd hijacked it.
"I'm really not sure what to say," he began timidly.
Republican and Democrat - are fully behind such structural changes at schools, but they can't be timid about the importance of reform .
Over the years, Tinkers Creek, at turns a raging torrent and timid playground, has been abused, but restoration efforts are offering hope for its renewal.
Timidity has a disarming effect on women.
"I'm Timid, Shy & Broken".
'Actions have often been too timid,' especially on climate, they say.
MAVERICKS Big-wave riding is not for the timid, and some female surfers think more.
Tear down the timid.
Obama's defense cuts are too timid .
Kemper's training routine not for the timid .
GOP hopefuls scold Obama on ' timid ' Israel support.
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In science:

To build some intuition about these rates, one should also consider the “maximally timid strategy” where one chooses the first observation that falls in [0, 0.5], then one chooses the next observation that falls in [0.5, 1], and then the next that falls in [0, 0.5], and so on.
On-Line Selection of Alternating Subsequences from a Random Sample
It seems that in the Physics research it was taken for granted that convergence was not an issue: atomic spectra were studied via PT and early authoritative warnings were simply disregarded (for instance, explicit by Einstein, in , and clear, in , but “timid” being too far against the mainstream, for his young age).
Perturbation Theory
Large-scale testing problems certainly look complicated enough, but this is deceptive; their massively parallel structure, with thousands of similar situations each providing information, allows an appropriate prior distribution to be estimated from the data without upsetting even timid frequentists like myself.
Microarrays, Empirical Bayes and the Two-Groups Model
The child formed by adjoining an element which is to the future of every element of the parent will be called the timid child.
A Classical Sequential Growth Dynamics for Causal Sets
The timid child is Cb and the gregarious child is Cc .
A Classical Sequential Growth Dynamics for Causal Sets
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