Definition of Shy

1. Noun. A quick throw. "He gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"

Generic synonyms: Throw

2. Verb. Start suddenly, as from fright.
Generic synonyms: Jump, Start, Startle

3. Adjective. Lacking self-confidence. "A very unsure young man"
Exact synonyms: Diffident, Timid, Unsure
Attributes: Confidence
Antonyms: Confident
Derivative terms: Diffidence, Shyness, Timidness

4. Verb. Throw quickly.
Generic synonyms: Throw

5. Adjective. Short. "Eleven is one shy of a dozen"
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Deficient, Insufficient

6. Adjective. Wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things. "Shy of strangers"
Similar to: Wary

Definition of Shy

1. a. Easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird.

2. v. i. To start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; -- said especially of horses.

3. v. t. To throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone; to shy a slipper.

4. n. A sudden start aside, as by a horse.

5. a. Inadequately supplied; short; lacking; as, the team is shy two players.

Definition of Shy

1. Adjective. Easily frightened; timid. ¹

2. Adjective. Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach. ¹

3. Adjective. Cautious; wary; suspicious. ¹

4. Adjective. Short, insufficient or less than. ¹

5. Adjective. Embarrassed. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To avoid due to timidness or caution. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To jump back in fear. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) to throw a ball or other missile at a target ¹

9. Noun. act of throwing ¹

10. Noun. place for throwing ¹

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Definition of Shy

1. timid [adj SHIER, SHIEST or SHYER, SHYEST] / to move suddenly back or aside, as in fear [v SHIED, SHYING, SHIES] - See also: timid

Medical Definition of Shy

1. 1. Easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird. "The horses of the army . . . Were no longer shy, but would come up to my very feet without starting." (Swift) 2. Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach. "What makes you so shy, my good friend? There's nobody loves you better than I." (Arbuthnot) "The embarrassed look of shy distress And maidenly shamefacedness." (Wordsworth) 3. Cautious; wary; suspicious. "I am very shy of using corrosive liquors in the preparation of medicines." (Boyle) "Princes are, by wisdom of state, somewhat shy of thier successors." (Sir H. Wotton) To fight shy. See Fight. Origin: OE. Schey, skey, sceouh, AS. Sceoh; akin to Dan. Sky, Sw. Skygg, D. Schuw, MHG. Schiech, G. Scheu, OHG. Sciuhen to be or make timid. Cf. Eschew. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shy

shwartzman phenomenon
shy (current term)
shy-drager syndrome
shy away
shy away from
shy bairns get noot
shy bairns get nowt
shy bladder
shy bladders
shy person

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