Definition: Traits characteristic of a timorous behavior are fearfulness and timidness. Fearfulness implies that an individual is greatly scared, often unwilling to make significant action due to his/her dread of the possible consequences. Additionally, timidness is often synonymous with shyness, trying to stay away from the center of attentions, sometimes even hiding to prevent embarrassment. In literary works/compositions,
Ex. 1: The CIA, despite its cowboy image, is in fact in many ways a timorous, risk-averse bureaucracy.
-Hands Off the CIA, Joseph Finder April 21, 2009
Ex. 2: (He has never talked to her)