shy
I. adjective (shier or shyer; shiest or shyest) Etymology: Middle English schey, from Old English scēoh; akin to Old High German sciuhen to frighten off Date: before 12th century 1. easily frightened ; timid 2. disposed to avoid a person or thing <
publicity shy
>
3. hesitant in committing oneself ; circumspect 4. sensitively diffident or retiring ; reserved; also expressive of such a state or nature <
a shy smile
>
5. secluded, hidden 6. having less than the full or specified amount or number ; short <
just shy of six feet tall
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7. disreputable <
gambling hells and shy saloons — Blackwood's
>
shyly adverbshyness noun Synonyms: shy, bashful, diffident, modest, coy mean not inclined to be forward. shy implies a timid reserve and a shrinking from familiarity or contact with others <
shy with strangers
>
. bashful implies a frightened or hesitant shyness characteristic of childhood and adolescence <
a bashful boy out on his first date
>
. diffident stresses a distrust of one's own ability or opinion that causes hesitation in acting or speaking <
felt diffident about raising an objection
>
. modest suggests absence of undue confidence or conceit <
modest about her success
>
. coy implies a pretended shyness <
put off by her coy manner
>
. II. intransitive verb (shied; shying) Date: 1649 1. to develop or show a dislike or distaste — usually used with from or away from <
an author who shies away from publicity
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2. to start suddenly aside through fright or alarm III. noun (plural shies) Date: 1791 a sudden start aside (as from fright) IV. verb (shied; shying) Etymology: perhaps from 1shy Date: 1787 intransitive verb to make a sudden throw transitive verb to throw (an object) with a jerk ; fling V. noun (plural shies) Date: 1791 1. the act of shying ; toss, throw 2. a verbal fling or attack 3. cockshy

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  • Shy — (sh[imac]), a. [Compar. {Shier} (sh[imac] [ e]r) or {Shyer}; superl. {Shiest} or {Shyest}.] [OE. schey, skey, sceouh, AS. sce[ o]h; akin to Dan. sky, Sw. skygg, D. schuw, MHG. schiech, G. scheu, OHG. sciuhen to be or make timid. Cf. {Eschew}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shy — adj Shy, bashful, diffident, modest, coy can mean showing disinclination to obtrude oneself in the presence or company of others. Shy implies a shrinking, sometimes constitutional, sometimes the result of inexperience, from familiarity or contact …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • shy — Ⅰ. shy [1] ► ADJECTIVE (shyer, shyest) 1) nervous or timid in the company of other people. 2) (shy of/about) slow or reluctant to do. 3) (in combination ) having a specified dislike or aversion: camera shy. 4) …   English terms dictionary

  • Shy — est un groupe de heavy metal britannique, formé en 1980 sous le nom « Trojan » et issu de Birmingham. Sommaire 1 Discographie 2 Membres actuels 3 Anciens membres 4 Références …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Shy — Shy, v. t. To throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone; to shy a slipper. T. Hughes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shy — Основная информация …   Википедия

  • shy — ‘timid, reserved’ [OE] goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *skeukhwaz ‘afraid’ (source also of English eschew and skew). It is generally assumed that shy ‘throw’ [18] must have come from it, but the exact nature of the relationship between the… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • shy — ‘timid, reserved’ [OE] goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *skeukhwaz ‘afraid’ (source also of English eschew and skew). It is generally assumed that shy ‘throw’ [18] must have come from it, but the exact nature of the relationship between the… …   Word origins

  • Shy — Shy, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Shied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shying}.] [From {Shy}, a.] To start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; said especially of horses. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shy — Shy, n. 1. A sudden start aside, as by a horse. [1913 Webster] 2. A side throw; a throw; a fling. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] If Lord Brougham gets a stone in his hand, he must, it seems, have a shy at somebody. Punch. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • SHY — steht für: Sky Airlines, ICAO Code Milton Shy (1919–1967), US amerikanischer Neurologe shy steht für: Weiches Trennzeichen (soft hyphen); HTML Entity Diese Seite ist eine Begriffs …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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