- 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.
- 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 of shyMiddle 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 š?uti, 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
fight shy of
Origin of shy; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- the act of shying; fling
- Informal a try or attempt
- Informal a gibe
adjectiveshi·er , shi·est or shy·er or shy·est
- Easily startled; timid: a shy deer.
- a. Tending to avoid contact or familiarity with others; retiring or reserved: a shy student who stayed in the back of the room.b. Characterized by reserve or diffidence: a shy glance.
- Distrustful; wary: shy of strangers.
- Not having a sufficient or specified amount, as of money: was shy $100 on his rent; was two victories shy of the school record.
intransitive verbshied , shy·ing, shies
- To move suddenly or draw back, as if startled or afraid: The horse shied at the loud sound.
- To avoid engaging in, treating, or discussing something: “a film adaptation that would not shy away from the novel's controversial themes” (Scot French).
Origin of shyMiddle English schey, from Old English sc&emacron;oh.
verbshied , shy·ing, shies
- A quick throw; a fling.
- Informal A gibe; a sneer.
- Informal An attempt; a try.
Origin of shyPerhaps from shy1.
(comparative shier or shyer, superlative shiest or shyest)
- Often used in combination with a noun to produce an adjective or adjectival phrase.
- Adjectives are usually applicable to animals (leash-shy "shy of leashes" or head shy "shy of contact around the head" (of horses)) or to children.
(third-person singular simple present shies, present participle shying, simple past and past participle shied)
- (intransitive) To avoid due to timidness or caution.
- I shy away from investment opportunities I don't understand.
- (intransitive) To jump back in fear.
- The horse shied away from the rider, which startled him so much he shied away from the horse.
- to throw sideways with a jerk; to fling
- to shy a stone; to shy a slipper