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Meaning of SHY

Pronunciation:  shI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a quick throw; "he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"
  2. [adj]  wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things; "shy of strangers"
  3. [adj]  easily startled or frightened
  4. [adj]  lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man"
  5. [v]  throw quickly
  6. [v]  start suddenly, as from fight

SHY is a 3 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: diffident, timid, unconfident, unsure, wary
 See Also: jump, start, startle, throw, throw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Shy\, a.
    Inadequately supplied; short; lacking; as, the team is shy
    two players. [Slang]
  2. \Shy\ (sh[imac]), a. [Compar. {Shier} (-[~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.
    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.
    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.
    {To fight shy}. See under {Fight}, v. i.
  3. \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.
  4. \Shy\, v. t.
    To throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone;
    to shy a slipper. --T. Hughes.
  5. \Shy\, n.
    1. A sudden start aside, as by a horse.
    2. A side throw; a throw; a fling. --Thackeray.
             If Lord Brougham gets a stone in his hand, he must,
             it seems, have a shy at somebody.     --Punch.