What does shy mean?

Definitions for shyʃaɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shy.

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


  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

  8. Origin: [OE. schey, skey, sceouh, AS. sceh; akin to Dan. sky, Sw. skygg, D. schuw, MHG. schiech, G. scheu, OHG. sciuhen to be or make timid. Cf. Eschew.]


  1. Shy

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shy

    shī, adj. timid: reserved: cautious: suspicious: elusive, hard to find.—v.i. to start aside, as a horse from fear.—v.t. to avoid:—pa.t. and pa.p. shīed.—n. a sudden swerving aside.—advs. Shy′ly, Shi′ly.—ns. Shy′ness, Shī′ness (obs.); Shy′ster, a tricky lawyer.—Fight shy of (see Fight); Look shy at, or on, to regard with distrust. [A.S. sceóh; Ger. scheu, Dan. sky.]

  2. Shy

    shī, v.t. to fling, throw, toss.—v.i. to jerk.—n. a throw, a fling: a gibe, sneer: a trial.

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jade Thirlwall:

    Shy bairnes get nay toffee

  2. Curt Freed:

    He was a somewhat shy person.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    My feelings are too loud for words and too shy for the world.

  4. Laura Bush:

    She's shy but I think she'll be a really wonderful asset to Jeb.

  5. Vikrant Parsai:

    Philosophy makes the shy people strong and the strong people stronger.

Images & Illustrations of shy

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Translations for shy

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مورط, خجول, خجلArabic
  • vergonyósCatalan, Valencian
  • plachý, hodit sebou, uskočit, mrštit sebou, opatrný, praštit sebou, odměřenýCzech
  • kast, smide, kaste, genertDanish
  • schüchtern, scheu, verlegenGerman
  • ντροπαλόςGreek
  • tímido, lanzar, reservado, vergonzosoSpanish
  • خجالتیPersian
  • vajaa, heitto, ujo, nolo, arka, heittopaikka, kavahtaa, säikkyä, varovainen, heittääFinnish
  • embarrassé, prudent, timide, apeuréFrench
  • faitaghManx
  • félénkHungarian
  • pemaluIndonesian
  • feiminnIcelandic
  • adombrarsi, timidoItalian
  • ביישןHebrew
  • 恥ずかしい, 弱気, 慎重, 引っ込み思案, 恥ずかしがり屋, 寡黙Japanese
  • timidus, verecundus, pavidus, timidos agitabisLatin
  • beschroomd, gooiplek, verlegen, klein, aangooi, timide, gooien, voorzichtig, terugspringen, weggooien, verstandig, werpen, bedeesd, worp, gereserveerd, schuchter, gooiplaats, schroomvalligDutch
  • sjenertNorwegian
  • nieśmiałyPolish
  • medroso, avergonhado, arremesso, assustado, envergonhado, lance, tímido, reservado, cuidadoso, lançamento, pávidoPortuguese
  • timidRomanian
  • робкий, нерешительный, смущённый, пугливый, застенчивый, стыдливый, растерянный, стеснительный, осторожныйRussian
  • blygSwedish
  • வெட்கப்படவில்லைTamil
  • utangaçTurkish
  • شرمیلیUrdu
  • nhátVietnamese
  • shyYiddish
  • 害羞Chinese

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