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shy 1

adj. shi·er (shī′ər), shi·est (shī′ĭst) or shy·er or shy·est
1. Easily startled; timid: a shy deer.
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

v. shied (shīd), shy·ing, shies (shīz)
To throw (something) with a swift motion; fling.
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.]




  1. Bashful as an egg at Easter —Sir John Denham

    This has expanded with the seasons to include “Bashful as a turkey at Thanksgiving or Christmas.”

  2. Demure as an African violet —Maya Angelou
  3. Demure as an old whore at a christening —Thomas Fuller
  4. Demure as if butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth —Thomas Fuller
  5. Shy as a squirrel —George Meredith
  6. Shy as infants —Alice McDermott
  7. Shy as rabbits —Anon
  8. Shy, like a hospitable country hostess anxious to give pleasure, but afraid that she has not much to offer citizens of a larger world —Phyllis Bottome
  9. A shy man men is as a lonely man … between him and his fellowmen there runs an impossible barrier … a strong invisible wall —Jerome K. Jerome
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shyness - a feeling of fear of embarrassmentshyness - a feeling of fear of embarrassment  
timidity, timidness, timorousness - fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions



An awkwardness or lack of self-confidence in the presence of others:


[ˈʃaɪnɪs] N [of person, smile] → timidez f; [of animal] → lo asustadizo


[ˈʃaɪnɪs] ntimidité f


nSchüchternheit f; (esp of animals) → Scheu f; his shyness at meeting peopleseine Schüchternheit, wenn er andere Leute kennenlernt; her shyness of strangersihre Scheu vor Fremden


[ˈʃaɪnɪs] ntimidezza


(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.
(of a horse) to jump or turn suddenly aside in fear. The horse shied at the strangers.
ˈshyly adverb
ˈshyness noun


n timidez f, retraimiento
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