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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. throw quickly
  6. ( informal) short; " eleven is one shy of a dozen"
  7. short; " eleven is one shy of a dozen"
  8. Inadequately supplied; short; lacking; as, the team is shy two players.
  9. Easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird.
  10. Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach.
  11. Cautious; wary; suspicious.
  12. To throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone; to shy a slipper.
  13. A sudden start aside, as by a horse.
  14. A side throw; a throw; a fling.
  15. To start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; - said especially of horses.
  16. Timid; bashful; cautious; suspicious.
  17. To start aside from fear: said of horses.
  18. To throw aside with a jerk; fling.
  19. The act of starting aside from fear; a side throw.
  20. Shyly.
  21. Shyness.
  22. Shyer.
  23. Shyest.
  24. To start aside, as a horse from fear:- pa. t. and pa. p. shied.
  25. SHYLY or SHILY.
  26. Timid; bashful; reserved.
  27. To start aside, as a horse.
  28. To start suddenly aside, as a horse.
  29. To sling; fling.
  30. Easily frightened; timorous; coy.
  31. Circumspect; wary.
  32. Shyly, shily.
  33. Shunning approach; reserved; cautious; suspicious.
  34. The starting suddenly aside of a horse.
  35. To start suddenly aside from fear.
  36. That is fearful of near approach; reserved; not familiar; avoiding free intercourse; wary; cautious.

Usage examples for shy

  1. She liked this little shy, frightened woman. – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  2. Lord Maxwell- her tone changed- became shy and a little grave. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. Everybody's shy and stiff. – The Disturbing Charm by Berta Ruck
  4. But the strangers were not shy. – Six Months at the Cape by R.M. Ballantyne
  5. That's what did for me- hanging on- after it got shy." – The Vertical City by Fannie Hurst
  6. She kept a shy silence for a second after that and then whispered. – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse
  7. They seemed very shy, and replied that 'all would be right when the messengers should arrive from Kabba Rega. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  8. Still, there was much which drew her to that silent, shy man. – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Then how she did blush and shy. – Old Ebenezer by Opie Read
  13. He says he's shy. – The Unspeakable Perk by Samuel Hopkins Adams
  14. 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
  15. She looked up to find Lafayette smiling at her shy word of thanks. – A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia by Alice Turner Curtis
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Then she had only been frightened and shy. – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  19. Were you shy, by any chance? – The Love Affairs of Pixie by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
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