The skilful hostess should so frame her questions that not even the shyest visitor can fall back on a simple Yes or No.
He was the shyest, most frightened six-footer in the memory of Aiken.
Gretta found herself replying to him without fear, though she was still the shyest of the shy.
The shyest and most modest of the birds pines for appreciation.
Mademoiselle shot at me the swiftest and shyest of glances, and turned to us once more her quivering shoulders.
Sitting by her side, and talking to her, the shyest were at their ease.
She had the air of the shyest of women, for whom it was almost anguish to make an advance without help.
Mr. Mellon is the shyest and most awkward man who ever rose to power.
His brother, the beautiful white bugler, you will hardly meet at dinner, he being the shyest of his kind.
Agatha was the shyest of the three, and externally the least changed.
late Old English sceoh "timid, easily startled," from Proto-Germanic *skeukh(w)az "afraid" (cf. Middle Low German schüwe, Dutch schuw, German scheu "shy;" Old High German sciuhen, German scheuchen "to scare away"). Uncertain cognates outside Germanic, unless in Old Church Slavonic shchuti "to hunt, incite." Italian schivare "to avoid," Old French eschiver "to shun" are Germanic loan-words. Meaning "lacking, short of" is from 1895, American English gambling slang. Related: Shyly; shyness.
"to throw (a missile) with a jerk or toss," 1787, colloquial, of unknown origin and uncertain connection to shy (adj.). Related: Shied; shying.
"to recoil," 1640s, from shy (adj.). Related: Shied; shying.