Shy meaning

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Not at ease with other people; extremely self-conscious; bashful.
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Showing distrust or caution; wary.
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Distrustful; wary.

Shy of strangers.

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Not bearing or breeding well, as some plants; unproductive.
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Not having a sufficient or specified amount, as of money.

Was shy $100 on his rent; was two victories shy of the school record.

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To avoid engaging in, treating, or discussing something.
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(informal) A try or attempt.
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(informal) An attempt; a try.
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Easily frightened or startled; timid.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Easily startled; timid.

A shy deer.

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To move suddenly or draw back, as if startled or afraid.

The horse shied at the loud sound.

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A sudden movement, as from fright; a start.
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To throw (something) with a swift motion; fling.
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To throw something with a swift motion.
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A quick throw; a fling.
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(informal) A gibe; a sneer.
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To throw or fling, esp. sideways with a jerk.

Shying stones at a target.

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The act of shying; fling.
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(informal) A gibe.
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Easily frightened; timid.
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Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.

He is very shy with strangers.

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Cautious; wary; suspicious.
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By our count your shipment came up two shy of the bill of lading amount.

It is just shy of a mile from here to their house.

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(intransitive) To avoid due to timidness or caution.

I shy away from investment opportunities I don't understand.

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(intransitive) To jump back in fear.

The horse shied away from the rider, which startled him so much he shied away from the horse.

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To throw sideways with a jerk; to fling.

To shy a stone; to shy a slipper.

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An act of throwing.

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A place for throwing.

Coconut shy.

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A sudden start aside, as by a horse.
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In the Eton College wall game, a point scored by lifting the ball against the wall in the calx.
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To move suddenly as when startled; jump; start; recoil.

The horse shied at the gunshot.

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To react negatively; be or become cautious or unwilling; draw back.
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An act of shying; start, as of a horse.
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fight shy of
  • to keep from; avoid; evade
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of shy - shie

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shy
Plural:
shies 1

Adjective

Base Form:
shy
Comparative:
shier
Superlative:
shiest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of shy

  • 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

  • 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