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Definitions of shy

  1. lacking self- confidence; " stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; " problems that call for bold not timid responses"; " a very unsure young man"
  2. start suddenly, as from fight
  3. a quick throw; " he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"
  4. wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things; " shy of strangers"
  5. easily startled or frightened
  6. throw quickly
  7. ( informal) short; " eleven is one shy of a dozen"
  8. short; " eleven is one shy of a dozen"
  9. Inadequately supplied; short; lacking; as, the team is shy two players.
  10. Easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird.
  11. Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach.
  12. Cautious; wary; suspicious.
  13. To throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone; to shy a slipper.
  14. A sudden start aside, as by a horse.
  15. A side throw; a throw; a fling.
  16. To start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; - said especially of horses.
  17. Timid; bashful; cautious; suspicious.
  18. To start aside from fear: said of horses.
  19. To throw aside with a jerk; fling.
  20. The act of starting aside from fear; a side throw.
  21. Shyly.
  22. Shyness.
  23. Shyer.
  24. Shyest.
  25. Timid: reserved: cautious: suspicious.
  26. To start aside, as a horse from fear:- pa. t. and pa. p. shied.
  27. SHYLY or SHILY.
  28. Timid; bashful; reserved.
  29. To start aside, as a horse.
  30. To start suddenly aside, as a horse.
  31. To sling; fling.
  32. Easily frightened; timorous; coy.
  33. Circumspect; wary.
  34. Shyly, shily.
  35. Shunning approach; reserved; cautious; suspicious.
  36. The starting suddenly aside of a horse.
  37. To start suddenly aside from fear.
  38. That is fearful of near approach; reserved; not familiar; avoiding free intercourse; wary; cautious.
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Antonyms for shy

considerable, dashing, reckless, go-getting, correct, generous, undaunted, brassy, plucky, mettlesome, hardy, motormouthed, nervy, brimming, upstanding, cavalier, mouthy, bold, ethical, nestle, vainglorious, in-your-face, resolute, bumptious, sizable, self-confident, unreserved, huffy, guiltless, blabby, stalwart, daring, jammed, moral, meddlesome, unflinching, esteemed, self-assured, adequate, proud, prestigious, noble, unswerving, teeming, overbold, assertive, game, insolent, daredevil, copious, stuck-up, brave, la-di-da, effusive, intrepid, gabby, overconfident, heroic, ample, prideful, cocksure, manful, arrogant, reassured, forceful, authorized, reputed, approved, creditable, immodest, impertinent, substantial, reputable, bursting, gutsy, snoozle, fat, talkative, bountiful, determined, chock-full, firm, full, snippy, satisfactory, forward, obtrusive, haughty, adventuresome, pretentious, clubbable, righteous, stouthearted, tolerable, dauntless, permitted, talky, brazen, king-size, imperious, sanctioned, spirited, lordly, touchy-feely, Undauntable, egotistic, self-assertive, jumbo, stout, masterful, hefty, commendable, abounding, Supplemented, decent, brash, seemly, abundant, respectable, chatty, biggety, assumptive, Nerved, loaded, sassy, decorous, positive, ostentatious, gallant, fierce, brassbound, assured, confident, cheeky, packed, cuddle, chesty, grandiose, overflowing, foolhardy, self-important, temerarious, companionable, valorous, self-opinionated, demonstrative, endorsed, fearless, liberal, brazen-faced, bigheaded, supercilious, ambitious, plenteous, complacent, extroverted, enterprising, pompous, largish, nuzzle, affected, self-asserting, exemplary, spunky, bold-faced, boon, lavish, secure, blameless, vain, peremptory, valiant, emboldened, stiff-necked, conceited, filled, upright, principled, bounteous, just, oversize, honest, saucy, honorable, toplofty, super, free-swinging, stuffed, plentiful, sufficient, huffish, consequential, permissible, Familiar, adventurous, venturous, good, rich, self-conceited, pushy, proper, militant, social, big, undeterred, aggressive, disdainful, conversational, overfamiliar, licensed, emotional, wise, garrulous, convivial, brimful, gregarious, unwary, lionhearted, Crammed, jam-packed, crowded, lofty, venturesome, arch, smug, snuggle, clean, fresh, free, uninhibited, egoistic, respected, luxuriant, unrestrained, loquacious, enough, enlarged, large, greathearted, Presuming, important, impudent, courageous, presumptuous, overweening, outgoing, chockablock, sociable, superior, audacious, Gutty, expanded, doughty, sniffy, madcap, swellheaded, legal.

Quotes of shy

  1. I can be very reserved about things. My business side isn't shy I can be like a general. But I've got a shy side. I'm also a lot deeper than people think, and a lot more sensitive. But I don't let people in too much.' – Michael Bay
  2. I used to feel so shy speaking to girls. It was even worse when they were around their crew because they would diss me. – Chris Brown
  3. I've always found Mr. Disney to be somewhat of a shy person, a kid at heart. – Annette Funicello
  4. I'm a very shy person towards my intimacy and private life. – Charlotte Gainsbourg
  5. I always knew I had a voice and I've always known I could sing, but I was too shy to let it come out. I think it's the hardest thing to do, to sing in front of people. When I finally let go and did it, I realized it's what I'm most talented at and what I love to do the most. – Paris Hilton
  6. I was very shy I'm still shy – Patti LaBelle
  7. Well, Bill, I don't think you're going to find many shy people that are in the political business. – Scott McCallum
  8. I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker, but simply because I detest the sort of people who go to lectures and don't want to meet them. – H. L. Mencken
  9. Stanley didn't shy away from true humanity or from the ugliness that all people are capable of. – Matthew Modine
  10. Too many people feel that where you start out dictates where you should end up. I was on welfare and just shy of 19 when my first daughter was born, but I was encouraged to take advantage of my ability and drive and remained in school. – Gwen Moore
  11. I'm not shy in the spotlight. I might seem austere and even arrogant, but far from it, I'm actually shy – Riccardo Muti
  12. I've never had a desire to be famous. Lots of actors are actually extremely shy I have shy areas. – Jeremy Northam
  13. I was a very shy and introverted person, and it was hard for me to talk to people and make relationships. – Gabriela Sabatini
  14. Shy and proud men are more liable than any others to fall into the hands of parasites and creatures of low character. For in the intimacies which are formed by shy men, they do not choose, but are chosen. – Henry Taylor
  15. I was introverted, shy But if you win a lot you need to be extroverted, or they'll think you're arrogant. – Alberto Tomba

Usage examples for shy

  1. Still, there was much which drew her to that silent, shy man. – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  2. Then she had only been frightened and shy – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  3. Everybody's shy and stiff. – The Disturbing Charm by Berta Ruck
  4. Even now, on this their wedding day, they felt awkward, and yes, very shy the one with the other. – Good Old Anna by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  5. She kept a shy silence for a second after that and then whispered. – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse
  6. I've been thinking it over ever since you told me Henty had fought shy – The Project Gutenberg Plays of John Galsworthy, Complete by John Galsworthy
  7. She liked this little shy frightened woman. – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  8. She felt shy of the others, they all seemed in such spirits. – In Wild Rose Time by Amanda M. Douglas
  9. Only when they come out to persuade me to come in I am like a shy child and I go away. – The Passionate Friends by Herbert George Wells
  10. They seemed very shy and replied that 'all would be right when the messengers should arrive from Kabba Rega. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  11. That's what did for me- hanging on- after it got shy – The Vertical City by Fannie Hurst
  12. Were you shy by any chance? – The Love Affairs of Pixie by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  13. He says he's shy – The Unspeakable Perk by Samuel Hopkins Adams
  14. But Richard was shy in the presence of others, and would sooner have put his arm around Melinda than around his wife, for fear he should be thought silly. – Ethelyn's Mistake by Mary Jane Holmes
  15. Then how she did blush and shy – Old Ebenezer by Opie Read
  16. But the strangers were not shy – Six Months at the Cape by R.M. Ballantyne
  17. I am glad to see she has the good sense to be shy of such a ceremony. – Jill's Red Bag by Amy Le Feuvre
  18. Lord Maxwell- her tone changed- became shy and a little grave. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. She was tired, and she felt shy of Mr. Gray and the girls, and would rather put off meeting them again, she thought, till the morning. – A Little Country Girl by Susan Coolidge
  20. She looked up to find Lafayette smiling at her shy word of thanks. – A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia by Alice Turner Curtis

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