follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

gun-shy

[guhn-shahy] /ˈgʌnˌʃaɪ/
adjective
1.
frightened by the sound of a gunshot:
a gun-shy bird dog.
2.
hesitant, wary, or distrustful, especially because of previous unpleasant experience.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85
Related forms
gun-shyness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for gun shy

gun-shy

adjective
1.
afraid of a gun or the sound it makes: a gun-shy dog is useless for shooting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for gun shy

gun-shy

adj.

1884, originally of sporting dogs, from gun (n.) + shy (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for gun shy

gun-shy

adjective

Apprehensive; reluctant; fearful: He's still gun-shy about putting things on paper (1884+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for gun-shy

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for gun

4
7
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for gun shy