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[shahy] /ʃaɪ/
adjective, shyer or shier, shyest or shiest.
1.
bashful; retiring.
2.
easily frightened away; timid.
3.
suspicious; distrustful:
I am a bit shy of that sort of person.
4.
reluctant; wary.
5.
deficient:
shy of funds.
6.
scant; short of a full amount or number:
still a few dollars shy of our goal; an inch shy of being six feet.
7.
(in poker) indebted to the pot.
8.
not bearing or breeding freely, as plants or animals.
verb (used without object), shied, shying.
9.
(especially of a horse) to start back or aside, as in fear.
10.
to draw back; recoil.
noun, plural shies.
11.
a sudden start aside, as in fear.
Idioms
12.
fight shy of, to keep away from; avoid:
She fought shy of making the final decision.
Origin
late Middle English
early Middle English
1000
before 1000; late Middle English schey (adj.), early Middle English scheowe, Old English scēoh; cognate with Middle High German schiech; akin to Dutch schuw, German scheu; cf. eschew
Related forms
shyer, noun
shyly, adverb
shyness, noun
Synonyms
1. Shy, bashful, diffident imply a manner that shows discomfort or lack of confidence in association with others. Shy implies a constitutional shrinking from contact or close association with others, together with a wish to escape notice: shy and retiring. Bashful suggests timidity about meeting others, and trepidation and awkward behavior when brought into prominence or notice: a bashful child. Diffident emphasizes self-distrust, fear of censure, failure, etc., and a hesitant, tentative manner as a consequence: a diffident approach to a touchy subject. 4. heedful, cautious, chary. 10. shrink.
Antonyms
1. forward. 2. trusting. 4. careless. 10. advance.
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Examples for shyness
  • Everybody complains of her inexperience, media-shyness and preference for diplomacy-by-communiqué.
  • She has turned shyness into an art form, wielding power from the shadows.
  • Given his alleged shyness, it must have been a tough task for him.
  • Some of us hesitate to approach the microphone out of shyness.
  • shyness is the fear of negative judgment, while introversion is simply the preference for less stimulation.
  • When the social pressure would be too much, out popped a pack of smokes to deflect their shyness.
  • Sometimes the hardest part is overcoming shyness with strangers.
  • Cherry is overcoming his shyness and progress in all walks of life.
  • The volunteers are desperately trying to get him to overcome his shyness with strangers.
  • Please note: we're not talking about shyness, some character flaw.
British Dictionary definitions for shyness

shy1

/ʃaɪ/
adjective shyer, shyest, shier, shiest
1.
not at ease in the company of others
2.
easily frightened; timid
3.
(often foll by of) watchful or wary
4.
(poker) (of a player) without enough money to back his bet
5.
(of plants and animals) not breeding or producing offspring freely
6.
(foll by of) (informal, mainly US & Canadian) short (of)
7.
(in combination) showing reluctance or disinclination workshy
verb (intransitive) shies, shying, shied
8.
to move suddenly, as from fear the horse shied at the snake in the road
9.
usually foll by off or away. to draw back; recoil
noun (pl) shies
10.
a sudden movement, as from fear
Derived Forms
shyly, adverb
shyness, noun
Word Origin
Old English sceoh; related to Old High German sciuhen to frighten away, Dutch schuw shy, Swedish skygg

shy2

/ʃaɪ/
verb shies, shying, shied
1.
to throw (something) with a sideways motion
noun (pl) shies
2.
a quick throw
3.
(informal) a gibe
4.
(informal) an attempt; experiment
5.
short for cockshy
Derived Forms
shyer, noun
Word Origin
C18: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German sciuhen to make timid, Middle Dutch schüchteren to chase away
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Word Origin and History for shyness
shy
late O.E. sceoh "shy," from P.Gmc. *skeukh(w)az "afraid" (cf. M.L.G. schüwe, Du. schuw, Ger. scheu "shy;" O.H.G. sciuhen, Ger. scheuchen "to scare away"). Uncertain cognates outside Gmc., unless in O.C.S. scuti "to hunt, incite." It. schivare "to avoid" is a Gmc. loan-word. The verb meaning "to recoil" first recorded 1650.
shy
"to throw with a jerk or toss," 1787, colloquial, of unknown origin and uncertain connection to shy (adj.).
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Slang definitions & phrases for shyness

shy

noun

A usually criminal usurer; loan shark, shylock: a shy on East Houston who lent money/ I don't know who's got the markers. It's some shy (1970s+)


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Related Abbreviations for shyness

Shy

Shy-Drager syndrome
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Idioms and Phrases with shyness
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shy
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