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shy 1

 (shī)
adj. shi·er (shī′ər), shi·est (shī′ĭst) or shy·er or shy·est
1. Easily startled; timid: a shy deer.
2.
a. Tending to avoid contact or familiarity with others; retiring or reserved: a shy student who stayed in the back of the room.
b. Characterized by reserve or diffidence: a shy glance.
3. Distrustful; wary: shy of strangers.
4. Not having a sufficient or specified amount, as of money: was shy $100 on his rent; was two victories shy of the school record.
intr.v. shied (shīd), shy·ing, shies (shīz)
1. To move suddenly or draw back, as if startled or afraid: The horse shied at the loud sound.
2. To avoid engaging in, treating, or discussing something: "a film adaptation that would not shy away from the novel's controversial themes" (Scot French).
n. pl. shies (shīz)
A sudden movement, as from fright; a start.

[Middle English schey, from Old English scēoh.]

shy′er n.
shy′ly adv.
shy′ness n.

shy 2

 (shī)
v. shied (shīd), shy·ing, shies (shīz)
v.tr.
To throw (something) with a swift motion; fling.
v.intr.
To throw something with a swift motion.
n. pl. shies (shīz)
1. A quick throw; a fling.
2. Informal A gibe; a sneer.
3. Informal An attempt; a try.

[Perhaps from shy.]

shy

(ʃaɪ)
adj, shyer, shyest, shier or shiest
1. not at ease in the company of others
2. easily frightened; timid
3. (often foll by of) watchful or wary
4. (Card Games) poker (of a player) without enough money to back his bet
5. (Biology) (of plants and animals) not breeding or producing offspring freely
6. (foll by of) informal chiefly US and Canadian short (of)
7. (in combination) showing reluctance or disinclination: workshy.
vb (intr) , shies, shying or shied
8. to move suddenly, as from fear: the horse shied at the snake in the road.
9. (usually foll by: off or away) to draw back; recoil
n, pl shies
a sudden movement, as from fear
[Old English sceoh; related to Old High German sciuhen to frighten away, Dutch schuw shy, Swedish skygg]
ˈshyly adv
ˈshyness n

shy

(ʃaɪ)
vb, shies, shying or shied
to throw (something) with a sideways motion
n, pl shies
1. a quick throw
2. informal a gibe
3. informal an attempt; experiment
4. (Games, other than specified) short for cockshy
[C18: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German sciuhen to make timid, Middle Dutch schüchteren to chase away]
ˈshyer n

shy1

(ʃaɪ)

adj. shy•er shi•er, shy•est shi•est, adj.
1. bashful; retiring.
2. easily frightened away; timid.
3. distrustful; wary: shy of publicity.
4. deficient: shy of funds.
5. short of a full amount or number: a few dollars shy of our goal.
v.i.
6. (esp. of a horse) to start back or aside in alarm.
7. to draw back; recoil.
n.
8. a sudden start aside, as in alarm.
[before 1000; early Middle English scheowe, Old English scēoh, c. Middle High German schiech; akin to Dutch schuw, German scheu; compare eschew]
shy′er, n.
shy′ly, adv.
shy′ness, n.

shy2

(ʃaɪ)

v. shied, shy•ing, v.t., v.i.
1. to throw with a swift, sudden movement.
n.
2. a quick, sudden throw.
3. a gibe or sneer.
[1780–90; orig. uncertain]
shy′er, n.

shy

  • demur, demure - Demur is the verb "to object or voice opposition," while demure is the adjective meaning "modest, shy."
  • farouche - Means "sullen or shy in company."
  • milquetoast - Comes from a comic strip character created in 1924 who was shy, timid, and unassertive.
  • shrinking violet - Violets actually shrink as if they become shy, giving us this term.

shy


Past participle: shied
Gerund: shying

Imperative
shy
shy
Present
I shy
you shy
he/she/it shies
we shy
you shy
they shy
Preterite
I shied
you shied
he/she/it shied
we shied
you shied
they shied
Present Continuous
I am shying
you are shying
he/she/it is shying
we are shying
you are shying
they are shying
Present Perfect
I have shied
you have shied
he/she/it has shied
we have shied
you have shied
they have shied
Past Continuous
I was shying
you were shying
he/she/it was shying
we were shying
you were shying
they were shying
Past Perfect
I had shied
you had shied
he/she/it had shied
we had shied
you had shied
they had shied
Future
I will shy
you will shy
he/she/it will shy
we will shy
you will shy
they will shy
Future Perfect
I will have shied
you will have shied
he/she/it will have shied
we will have shied
you will have shied
they will have shied
Future Continuous
I will be shying
you will be shying
he/she/it will be shying
we will be shying
you will be shying
they will be shying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been shying
you have been shying
he/she/it has been shying
we have been shying
you have been shying
they have been shying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been shying
you will have been shying
he/she/it will have been shying
we will have been shying
you will have been shying
they will have been shying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been shying
you had been shying
he/she/it had been shying
we had been shying
you had been shying
they had been shying
Conditional
I would shy
you would shy
he/she/it would shy
we would shy
you would shy
they would shy
Past Conditional
I would have shied
you would have shied
he/she/it would have shied
we would have shied
you would have shied
they would have shied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shy - a quick throw; "he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"
throw - the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist); "the catcher made a good throw to second base"
Verb1.shy - start suddenly, as from fright
jump, startle, start - move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"
2.shy - throw quickly
throw - propel through the air; "throw a frisbee"
Adj.1.shy - lacking self-confidenceshy - lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man"
2.shy - short; "eleven is one shy of a dozen"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
insufficient, deficient - of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement; "insufficient funds"
3.shy - wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things; "shy of strangers"
wary - marked by keen caution and watchful prudence; "they were wary in their movements"; "a wary glance at the black clouds"; "taught to be wary of strangers"

shy

adjective
2. cautious, wary, hesitant, suspicious, reticent, distrustful, chary You should not be shy of having your say.
cautious rash, reckless, unsuspecting, unwary
verb
1. (sometimes with off or away) recoil, flinch, draw back, start, rear, buck, wince, swerve, balk, quail, take fright The horse shied as the wind sent sparks flying.
fight shy of something avoid, dodge, duck (out of) (informal), eschew, shirk Dermatologists fight shy of any question about hormones.
shy away from something shrink from, flinch from, fight shy of, baulk at, think twice about, recoil from, be averse to, have misgivings about We frequently shy away from making decisions.

shy 1

adjective
1. Not forward but reticent or reserved in manner:
2. Not enough to meet a demand or requirement:
verb
To draw away involuntarily, usually out of fear or disgust:

shy 2

verb
To send through the air with a motion of the hand or arm:
Informal: fire.
noun
An act of throwing:
Translations
جَبانحَذِر، هَيّاب من، يَجْفَل منخَجولخَجُوليَقْفِز، يَسْتَديرُ جانِبا
plachýplašit sebázlivýnesmělýodměřený
genertkastrefuseresky
ujo
stidljiv
ijedõsmegbokrosodik
fælastfeiminnstyggur
内気な
부끄럼 타는
baidytisbaikščiaibaikštumasbesišalinantis
biklskaunīgskautrīgsnedrošssatrūkties
sramežljiv
blyg
ขี้อาย
bẽn lẽn

shy

1 [ʃaɪ]
A. ADJ (shyer (compar) (shyest (superl)))
1. (= nervous) [person] → vergonzoso, tímido; [smile] → tímido; [animal] → asustadizo, huraño
he was too shy to talk to anyoneera demasiado tímido para hablar con nadie
come on, don't be shy!¡venga, no seas tímido or no tengas vergüenza!
she went all shy when asked to give her opinionle dio vergüenza cuando le preguntaron su opinión, le dio corte cuando le preguntaron su opinión (Sp)
they may feel shy about talking to herpuede que les dé vergüenza hablar con ella, puede que les dé corte hablar con ella (Sp)
she's shy of camerasse siente cohibida delante de las cámaras
don't be shy of telling them what you thinkno tengas miedo decirles lo que piensas
to be shy with peopleser tímido con la gente, sentirse cohibido con la gente
see also bite B1
see also camera-shy, fight C3
see also gun-shy
2.
shy of (esp US) (= short of) we're $65,000 shy of thenos faltan 65.000 dólares para el millón de dólares que se necesitan
he's two months shy of 70le faltan dos meses para cumplir 70 años
he passed away two days shy of his 95th birthdaymurió a dos días de cumplir los 95 años
B. VI [horse] → asustarse, espantarse (at de)
shy away VI + ADV
1. (lit) [horse] → asustarse, espantarse; [person] → asustarse
2. (fig) to shy away from sthhuir or rehuir de algo
to shy away from doing sthtener miedo a hacer algo

shy

2 [ʃaɪ] (Brit) N (= throw) → tirada f
50 pence a shy50 peniques la tirada
to have a shy at sthintentar dar a algo

shy

[ˈʃaɪ]
adj
(= timid) [person, smile, look] → timide
(= wary) to be shy of doing sth → hésiter à faire qch, ne pas oser faire qch
once bitten, twice shy → chat échaudé craint l'eau froide
vi
to shy away from doing sth → craindre de faire qch

shy

1
adj (+er)
schüchtern; animalscheu; don’t be shynur keine Hemmungen! (inf); to be shy of/with somebodyHemmungen vor/gegenüber jdm haben; to be shy of or about doing somethingHemmungen haben, etw zu tun; to feel shyschüchtern sein; don’t be shy of telling me if there’s anything you needsagen Sie mir ruhig, wenn Sie etwas brauchen; to make somebody shyjdn verschüchtern ? fight
(esp US inf: = short) we’re 3 dollars shywir haben 3 Dollar zu wenig; two days shy of his 95th birthdayzwei Tage vor seinem 95. Geburtstag
vi (horse)scheuen (→ at vor +dat)

shy

2
n (= throw)Wurf m; to have or take a shy at somethingnach etw werfen; to have a shy at something (fig)sich an etw (dat)versuchen; I’ll have a shy at itich kanns ja mal versuchen; to have a shy at doing somethingetw zu tun versuchen
vtwerfen

shy

[ʃaɪ]
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) → timido/a; (unsociable) → schivo/a
to be shy of doing sth → esitare a fare qc
don't be shy of asking for... → non esitare a chiedere...
to fight shy of sth → tenersi alla larga da qc
to fight shy of doing sth → cercare in tutti i modi di non fare qc
2. vi (horse) to shy (at)fare uno scarto (davanti a)
the horse shied at the noise → il cavallo ha fatto uno scarto quando ha sentito il rumore
to shy away from sth → evitare qc
to shy away from doing sth (fig) → rifuggire dal fare qc
3. vt (old) (throw) → scagliare

shy

(ʃai) comparative ˈshyer or ˈshier: superlative ˈshyest or ˈshiest adjective
1. lacking confidence in the presence of others, especially strangers; not wanting to attract attention. She is too shy to go to parties.
2. drawing back from (an action, person etc). She is shy of strangers.
3. (of a wild animal) easily frightened; timid. Deer are very shy animals.
verb
(of a horse) to jump or turn suddenly aside in fear. The horse shied at the strangers.
ˈshyly adverb
ˈshyness noun

shy

خَجُول ostýchavý genert schüchtern ντροπαλός tímido ujo timide stidljiv timido 内気な 부끄럼 타는 verlegen sky nieśmiały tímido робкий blyg ขี้อาย utangaç bẽn lẽn 腼腆的

shy

a. tímido-a, temeroso-a; cauteloso-a.

shy

adj tímido
References in classic literature ?
Elizabeth, or Beth, as everyone called her, was a rosy, smooth- haired, bright-eyed girl of thirteen, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a ;peaceful expression which was seldom disturbed.
He seemed nervous and shy, and glanced from Tom and Ned to his grandson-in-law, as the latter talked rapidly in the Indian dialect.
He was shy, and would not willingly face any woman except his mother.
A shy, silent youth, deft in work, and at other times conscious and embarrassed.
He's been here before, but he stayed in the hall; he was so shy.
It is a very genuine admiration, that with which persons too shy or too awkward to take a due part in the bustling world regard the real actors in life's stirring scenes; so genuine, in fact, that the former are usually fain to make it palatable to their self-love, by assuming that these active and forcible qualities are incompatible with others, which they choose to deem higher and more important.
The clergyman's shy and sensitive reserve had balked this scheme Roger Chillingworth, however,was inclined to be hardly, if at all, less satisfied with the aspect of affairs, which Providence -- using the avenger and his victim for its own purposes, and, perchance, pardoning, where it seemed most to punish -- had substituted for his black devices A revelation, he could almost say, had been granted to him.
There was a kind of support in the shy heave of her surprise.
He was no longer shy about it--when he went in, instead of saying all the things he had been planning to say, he started to tell Elzbieta about the revolution
The little one was shy, for all her busy interest in everything going on, and it was not easy to tame her.
The chamois is a black or brown creature no bigger than a mustard seed; you do not have to go after it, it comes after you; it arrives in vast herds and skips and scampers all over your body, inside your clothes; thus it is not shy, but extremely sociable; it is not afraid of man, on the contrary, it will attack him; its bite is not dangerous, but neither is it pleasant; its activity has not been overstated --if you try to put your finger on it, it will skip a thousand times its own length at one jump, and no eye is sharp enough to see where it lights.
But really, you want to let him take a shy at your palms once; it's worth twice the price of admission or your money's returned at the door.