- Shy means something that happens shortly before, or that is just short of.
- An example of shy is when you drop out of school right before you graduate.
- An example of shy is when you have $1 and you need $2.
- Shy describes someone who lacks in confidence or who is nervous or quiet in social situations.
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.
An example of shy is when you are scared to talk in public.
shy definition by Webster's New World
- easily frightened or startled; timid
- not at ease with other people; extremely self-conscious; bashful
- showing distrust or caution; wary
- not bearing or breeding well, as some plants; unproductive
- ☆ Slang
- not having paid money due, as one's poker ante
- lacking; short (on or of)
Origin: Middle English schei, dialect, dialectal development ; from Old English sceoh, akin to German scheu, shy, probably ; from Indo-European an unverified form skeuk-, harassed (from source Old Church Slavonic ščuti, to pursue); akin to an unverified form skeub- from source scoff
- to move suddenly as when startled; jump; start; recoil: the horse shied at the gunshot
- to react negatively; be or become cautious or unwilling; draw back: often with at or from
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- the act of shying; fling
- Informal a try or attempt
- Informal a gibe
shy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective shi·er or shy·er, shi·est or shy·est
- Easily startled; timid.
- a. Drawing back from contact or familiarity with others; retiring or reserved.b. Marked by reserve or diffidence: a shy glance.
- Distrustful; wary: shy of strangers.
- Not having paid an amount due, as one's ante in poker.
- Short; lacking: Eleven is one shy of a dozen.
- To move suddenly, as if startled; start.
- To draw back, as from fear or caution; recoil.
Origin: Middle English schey, from Old English scēoh.
- shyˈer noun
- shyˈly adverb
- shyˈness noun
verb shied shied , shy·ing, shies shies verb, transitive
- A quick throw; a fling.
- Informal A gibe; a sneer.
- Informal An attempt; a try.
Origin: Perhaps from shy1.
shy - Phrases/Idioms
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