Shy describes someone who lacks in confidence or who is nervous or quiet in social situations.(adjective)
An example of shy is a person who stands by herself at the back wall of a party and is too frightened to talk to anyone.
Shy is defined as refraining from doing something, often out of fear or nervousness.(verb)
An example of shy is when you are scared to talk in public.
Shy means something that happens shortly before, or that is just short of.(adjective)
See shy in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME schei, dial. development < OE sceoh, akin to Ger scheu, shy, prob. < IE *skeuk-, harassed (> OSlav ščuti, to pursue); akin to *skeub- > scoff
noun pl. shies
See shy in American Heritage Dictionary 4
adjective shi·er (shīˈər) or shy·er, shi·est (shīˈĭst) or shy·est
Origin: Middle English schey
Origin: , from Old English scēoh.
verb shied shied (shīd), shy·ing, shies shies (shīz) verb, transitive
Origin: Perhaps from shy1.
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