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timid

adjective     /ˈtɪm.ɪd/
C2 shy and nervous; without much confidence; easily frightened: Lucy is a rather timid child. My horse is a bit timid and is easily frightened by traffic.Cowardly timidity     /tɪˈmɪd.ɪ.ti/ US  /-ə.t̬i/ noun [U] Cowardly timidly     /-li/ adverb "Um, excuse me," he said timidly.Cowardly
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