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 “to fear.” In fact, fear is often a cause of timidity — 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
  1. noun

    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)

  2. noun

    fearfulness in venturing into new and unknown places or activities

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    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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