Trepidatious is apparently not a word*
I love language. Learned this the other day. Follow the steps... (* in the prescriptivist sense. It is obviously a word by usage.)
- •There's an old word "Trepid". OED calls it "rare" meaning nobody really uses it anymore. It is an adjective.Fun fact: from Latin, related to "trep-" "to tremble".
- •Aside: From trepid we get the much more common word "Intrepid."Not "rare" at all.
- •Trepid has a noun form "Trepidation" from the Latin Trepidare → Trepidationem.
- •In English we often make an adjective out of a noun by add by -ious.Ambitious. Envious. Glorious. Studious. Vacatious. Just kidding about that last one but seriously it should be a word.
- •So from the noun trepidation we convert to the adjective form "Trepidatious." But trepid was already an adjective.OED calls it "colloquial" which means "we here at oxford are judging you."
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- •Aside: dictionary.com spells it "Trepidacious" but Merriam-Webster, American Heritage and OED spell it with a T and the iPhone spell checker agrees. YMMV.