gun-shy

gun-shy

[guhn-shahy]
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:
1880–85

gun-shyness, noun
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gun-shy
 
adj
afraid of a gun or the sound it makes: a gun-shy dog is useless for shooting

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