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Related to shied: strove, sticked, reft, convolute

shied 1

Past tense and past participle of shy1.

shied 2

Past tense and past participle of shy2.


the past tense and past participle of shy1, shy2



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.
6. (esp. of a horse) to start back or aside in alarm.
7. to draw back; recoil.
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.



v. shied, shy•ing, v.t., v.i.
1. to throw with a swift, sudden movement.
2. a quick, sudden throw.
3. a gibe or sneer.
[1780–90; orig. uncertain]
shy′er, n.
References in classic literature ?
But the "cast-anchor" trick, with its affectation of being a sea-phrase - for why not write just as well "threw anchor," "flung anchor," or 'shied anchor"?
He never shied away from the roughest prank or street fight.
Disaster struck for Tormey when his mount Ross Quay shied at a path crossing the racecourse during the novices' chase, hurling the jockey to the ground.