Definitions for shyʃaɪ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
shyʃaɪ(adj.)shy•er; shi•er, shy•est; shi•est
easily frightened away; timid.
shy of publicity.
shy of funds.
short of a full amount or number:
a few dollars shy of our goal.
(v.i.)(esp. of a horse) to start back or aside in alarm.
to draw back; recoil.
(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
(v.i.)to throw with a swift, sudden movement.
(n.)a quick, sudden throw.
a gibe or sneer.
Origin of shy:
1780–90; orig. uncert.
a quick throw
"he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"
diffident, shy, timid, unsure(adj)
"stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man"
"eleven is one shy of a dozen"
wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things
"shy of strangers"
start suddenly, as from fright
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
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.
(of a horse) to move away in fear
The horse shied as the car drove past.
act of throwing
place for throwing
To avoid due to timidness or caution.
I shy away from investment opportunities I don't understand.
To jump back in fear.
The horse shied away from the rider, which startled him so much he shied away from the horse.
to throw a ball or other missile at a target
Easily frightened; timid.
a shy bird.
Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.
He is very shy with strangers.
Cautious; wary; suspicious.
Short, insufficient or less than.
Origin: From shy, from sceoh, from skiuhwaz. Cognate with schuw, scheu, sky.
easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird
reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach
cautious; wary; suspicious
to start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; -- said especially of horses
to throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone; to shy a slipper
a sudden start aside, as by a horse
a side throw; a throw; a fling
Shy are a British metal band formed in 1980 under the name "Trojan", hailing from Birmingham, England.
British National Corpus
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.
- tímidoPortuguese (BR)
- tímido, vergonzoso, reservadoSpanish
- خجالتي ؛ محجوبFarsi
- sramežljiv, stidljivCroatian
- malu, pemaluIndonesian
- 수줍어 하는Korean
- kautrīgs; nedrošsLatvian
- sjenert, blygNorwegian
- خجالتي ؛ محجوبPersian
- شرميندنه: بې زړه: شرمناك، حياناك، ترند،Pashto
- 害羞的Chinese (Trad.)
- боязкий; соромливийUkrainian
- nhút nhát, bẽn lẽnVietnamese
- 害羞的Chinese (Simp.)
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