Exhibiting or experiencing fear; timid.

[Latin pavidus, from pavēre, to fear; see pau- in Indo-European roots.]
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rare fearful; timid
[C17: from Latin pavidus fearful, from pavēre to tremble with fear]
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(ˈpæv ɪd)

timid; afraid; frightened.
[1650–60; < Latin pavidus, derivative of pavēre to quake; see -id4]
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'LYRPOLE, alias Lyverpoole, a pavid towne, hath but a chapel...The king hath a castelet there, and the Earl of Darbe hath a stone howse there.
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