fearful vs timorous what difference

what is difference between fearful and timorous

English

Alternative forms

  • fearefull (obsolete)
  • fearfull (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English ferful, fervol, equivalent to fear +‎ -ful.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɪəfəl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɪɹfəl/
  • Rhymes: -ɪəɹfʊl
  • Hyphenation: fear‧ful

Adjective

fearful (comparative fearfuller or fearfuler or more fearful, superlative fearfullest or fearfulest or most fearful)

  1. Frightening.
  2. Tending to fear; timid.
    a fearful boy
  3. (dated) Terrible; shockingly bad.
  4. (now rare) Frightened; filled with terror.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:
      Those two great champions did attonce pursew / The fearefull damzell with incessant payns []

Synonyms

  • (frightened): frightened, timid, timorous
  • See also Thesaurus:afraid and Thesaurus:cowardly

Translations

Adverb

fearful (comparative more fearful, superlative most fearful)

  1. (dialect) Extremely; fearfully.

Further reading

  • fearful in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • fearful in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • Lauffer


English

Alternative forms

  • timourous (obsolete)
  • timerous (obsolete)

Etymology

Borrowed into late Middle English from Old French temoros, from Medieval Latin timorosus, from Latin timor (fear), from timeō (I fear). Doublet of timoroso.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɪməɹəs/

Adjective

timorous (comparative more timorous, superlative most timorous)

  1. fearful; afraid; timid
    • 1785, Robert Burns, To a Mouse
      Wee sleekit, cowrin’, tim’rous beastie,
      Oh, what a panic’s in thy breastie!

Synonyms

  • (fearful): fearful, shy, timid

Antonyms

  • (fearful): daredevil, dauntless, reckless

Related terms

  • timorsome

Translations

References

  • James A. H. Murray [et al.], editors (1884–1928), “Timorous”, in A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), volume X, Part 1 (Ti–U), London: Clarendon Press, OCLC 15566697, page 46, column 1.

Anagrams

  • sumotori

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