Shy Definition

shī
shied, shier, shies, shiest, shyer, shyest, shying, shier<sup>1</sup>
adjective
shier, shiest, shyer, shyest, shier<sup>1</sup>
Easily frightened or startled; timid.
Webster's New World
Not at ease with other people; extremely self-conscious; bashful.
Webster's New World
Tending to avoid contact or familiarity with others; retiring or reserved.
A shy student who stayed in the back of the room.
American Heritage
Characterized by reserve or diffidence.
A shy glance.
American Heritage
Showing distrust or caution; wary.
Webster's New World
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verb
shied, shies, shying
To move suddenly as when startled; jump; start; recoil.
The horse shied at the gunshot.
Webster's New World
To throw or fling, esp. sideways with a jerk.
Shying stones at a target.
Webster's New World
To react negatively; be or become cautious or unwilling; draw back.
Webster's New World
To throw something with a swift motion.
American Heritage
To avoid engaging in, treating, or discussing something.
American Heritage
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noun
shies
An act of shying; start, as of a horse.
Webster's New World
The act of shying; fling.
Webster's New World
A try or attempt.
Webster's New World
A gibe.
Webster's New World

A place for throwing.

Coconut shy.
Wiktionary
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idiom
fight shy of
  • to keep from; avoid; evade
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Shy

Noun

Singular:
shy
Plural:
shies

Adjective

Base Form:
shy
Comparative:
shier1
Superlative:
shiest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Shy

Origin of Shy

  • From Middle English shy (“shy"), from Old English sÄ‹Ä“oh (“shy"), from Proto-Germanic *skiuhwaz (“shy, fearful"). Cognate with Dutch schuw (“shy"), German scheu (“shy"), Danish sky (“shy").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English schey from Old English scēoh

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from shy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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