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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shynessnoun

    a feeling of fear of embarrassment

Wiktionary

  1. shynessnoun

    The quality of being shy; a fear of social interactions.

    His shyness kept him from asking her to the prom, he wasn't outgoing enough even though he had a crush on her.

Wikipedia

  1. Shyness

    Shyness (also called diffidence) is the feeling of apprehension, lack of comfort, or awkwardness especially when a person is around other people. This commonly occurs in new situations or with unfamiliar people; a shy person may simply opt to avoid these situations. Although shyness can be a characteristic of people who have low self-esteem, the primary defining characteristic of shyness is a fear of what other people will think of a person's behavior. This fear of negative reactions such as being laughed at, humiliated or patronized, criticized or rejected can cause a shy person to retreat. Stronger forms of shyness can be referred to as social anxiety or social phobia.

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  1. shyness

    Shyness is a personality trait characterized by feelings of discomfort, inhibition, and excessive self-consciousness in social situations. It often results in an individual exhibiting hesitancy or reluctance in interacting with others, especially with those they are not familiar with. Shyness can lead to the person becoming quiet, introverted, and avoiding social engagements. It should be noted that levels of shyness can vary widely from person to person and can depend on the given situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shynessnoun

    the quality or state of being shy

Wikidata

  1. Shyness

    Shyness is the feeling of apprehension, lack of comfort, or awkwardness experienced when a person is in proximity to, approaching, or being approached by other people, especially in new situations or with unfamiliar people. Shyness may come from genetic traits, the environment in which a person is raised and personal experiences. There are many degrees of shyness. Stronger forms are usually referred to as social anxiety or social phobia. Shyness may merely be a personality trait or can occur at certain stages of development in children. The primary defining characteristic of shyness is a largely ego-driven fear of what other people will think of a person's behavior, which results in the person becoming scared of doing or saying what he or she wants to, out of fear of negative reactions, criticism, or rejection, and simply opting to avoid social situations instead.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Shyness

    Discomfort and partial inhibition of the usual forms of behavior when in the presence of others.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shyness in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shyness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of shyness in a Sentence

  1. Chris Lambert:

    I thought I’d give it a shot and see if I could get a few people talking, all I have to do is get over my shyness and start calling these people out of the blue and start asking really personal questions.

  2. Joyce Carol Oates:

    If you explore beneath shyness or party chit-chat, you can sometimes turn a dull exchange into an intriguing one. I've found this to be particularly true in the case of professors or intellectuals, who are full of fascinating information, but need encouragement before they'll divulge it.

  3. Malath Adam:

    Shyness is..

  4. Katie Leung:

    I always had a problem with shyness at school and would never stick my hand up in class if I was stuck at something. I didn't want to be the center of attention, all those eyes looking at me would have made me really nervous.

  5. J. B. Priestley:

    Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.

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