Gun-shy definition

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Extremely distrustful or wary.
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Frightened, wary, mistrustful, etc., as because of a previous experience.
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The definition of gun shy is a person or animal that is afraid of loud noises or is distrustful.

An example of gun shy is a dog that hides in the bathtub on 4th of July because of the sound of fireworks.

An example of gun shy is a woman who carries pepper spray in her hand whenever she walks alone.

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Easily frightened at the firing of a gun.

A gun-shy dog.

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Being afraid to use a gun.
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Frightened by the sound of gunfire.
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(idiomatic) Fearing the consequences of repeating an act, especially after being reprimanded.

After his last suggestion was laughed at by his colleagues, he was gunshy about making another suggestion.

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Afraid of guns, or the noise they make.
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Alternative spelling of gun-shy.
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Afraid of loud noise, such as that of gunfire.
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Origin of gun-shy

  • From gun +‎ shy.

    From Wiktionary