Definitions for shyʃaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shyʃaɪ(adj.)shy•er; shi•er, shy•est; shi•est

  1. (adj.)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. (v.i.)(esp. of a horse) to start back or aside in alarm.

  7. to draw back; recoil.

  8. (n.)a sudden start aside, as in alarm.

Origin of shy:

bef. 1000; early ME scheowe, OE scēoh, c. MHG schiech; akin to D schuw, G scheu; cf. eschew


shyʃaɪ(v.)shied, shy•ing

  1. (v.i.)to throw with a swift, sudden movement.

  2. (n.)a quick, sudden throw.

  3. a gibe or sneer.

Origin of shy:

1780–90; orig. uncert.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. shy(adj)

    a quick throw

    "he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"

  2. diffident, shy, timid, unsure(adj)

    lacking self-confidence

    "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man"

  3. shy(p)(adj)


    "eleven is one shy of a dozen"

  4. shy(verb)

    wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things

    "shy of strangers"

  5. shy(verb)

    start suddenly, as from fright

  6. shy(verb)

    throw quickly

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shy(adjective)ʃaɪ

    ≠ outgoing

    a shy boy with few friends; a shy smile; too shy to ask for help; Children often grow out of their shyness.; "Can I sit with you?" she asked shyly.

  2. shy(verb)ʃaɪ

    (of a horse) to move away in fear

    The horse shied as the car drove past.


  1. shy(Noun)

    act of throwing

  2. shy(Noun)

    place for throwing

    coconut shy

  3. shy(Verb)

    To avoid due to timidness or caution.

    I shy away from investment opportunities I don't understand.

  4. shy(Verb)

    To jump back in fear.

    The horse shied away from the rider, which startled him so much he shied away from the horse.

  5. shy(Verb)

    to throw a ball or other missile at a target

  6. shy(Adjective)

    Easily frightened; timid.

    a shy bird.

  7. shy(Adjective)

    Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.

    He is very shy with strangers.

  8. shy(Adjective)

    Cautious; wary; suspicious.

  9. shy(Adjective)

    Short, insufficient or less than.

  10. shy(Adjective)


  11. Origin: From shy, from sceoh, from skiuhwaz. Cognate with schuw, scheu, sky.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shy

    easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird

  2. Shy

    reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach

  3. Shy

    cautious; wary; suspicious

  4. Shy(adj)

    to start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; -- said especially of horses

  5. Shy(verb)

    to throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone; to shy a slipper

  6. Shy(noun)

    a sudden start aside, as by a horse

  7. Shy(noun)

    a side throw; a throw; a fling


  1. Shy

    Shy are a British metal band formed in 1980 under the name "Trojan", hailing from Birmingham, England.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shy' in Adjectives Frequency: #976

Translations for shy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


lacking confidence in the presence of others, especially strangers; not wanting to attract attention

She is too shy to go to parties.

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