Adjective "Shy" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Nervous or timid in the company of other people.
  1. 'a shy smile'
  2. 'Thanks to that shy reader who furnished me with the above information.'
  3. 'Cyrio looked up at that, furrowed his brow, then smiled that shy smile of his that made his eyes twinkle.'
  4. 'Cole believes it's the stress that shy people constantly experience which leaves them more vulnerable to disease.'
  5. 'Jayalalitha, a once shy, timid, tiny introvert, was so outstanding in her studies that her portrait hangs in her school as a star alumnus with academic excellence as her only passion.'
  6. 'And he grinned that shy little grin that I was learning to love.'
  7. 'Who would have known behind that shy smile was a major flirt.'
  8. 'His smile is shy, almost gentle, and his eyes dart nervously around him.'
  9. 'Interviewees reported that shy students were more vulnerable to teasing.'
  10. 'I've found that shy guys tend to go for the real outgoing girls because they're easiest to spot.'
  11. 'My dad (who I think is very shy himself deep down) gave me a talk once about how social interaction was a big game that you just needed to learn how to play.'
  12. 'She has never been shy of expressing her feminist opinions.'
  13. 'he was very car shy when he came here'
  14. 'But the quest for shy animals in the wild more often than not ends up being about all the other things you discover along the way.'
  15. 'The Opeh was an extremely shy bird, and very rarely came within sight of a human.'
  16. 'Do not shy away if the bird hisses at you and fluffs up its feathers, it is only bluffing.'
  17. 'It was a nice day and with no guests about, the oddly shy pony boy should have been out soaking up the sun.'
  18. 'At first the animals were quite shy, but they have settled in well.'
  19. 'Normally shy, nocturnal animals, the great crested newts have reluctantly stepped into the limelight to highlight their cause.'
  20. 'They are not shy birds and may allow close views as they busily feed.'
  21. 'Today, this area of Broadland still attracts these shy birds.'
  22. 'They are a shy bird by nature and are wary of people.'
  23. 'I had long ago learned that when someone is moving about, in secluded wooded areas like this, the birds are more shy.'
Less than; short of.
  1. 'Ballinacourty are a young side and will benefit from this experience knowing that they were just a goal shy of forcing a replay.'
  2. 'The company's shares trade just shy of the level that analysts say the printer business is worth all on its own.'
  3. 'They had chances to take three points at Liverpool and, with Everton slipping up, they would have been just one point shy of the prized fourth place.'
  4. 'I remembered one particular competition when I was about eight years old and at least six years shy of my fellow competitors.'
  5. 'At least 10,000 shy of what police will be necessary to provide security for the elections.'
  6. 'The increase in the bank's value meant that it ended the week with a market capitalisation just shy of $6bn.'
  7. 'Italy began to pressurise and should have scored when Martin Castrogiovanni was stopped just shy of the line by a try-saving tackle from Mark Jones.'
  8. 'It came in Tasmania in 1989 after an election left the Liberal party one seat shy of forming government.'
  9. 'In reply Tintenbar were able to knock off the required runs, but only after losing two wickets on 54, one shy of their target.'
  10. 'I had studied and put too much effort into this test to have achieved 150 points shy of a perfect score.'
  11. 'he left school just shy of his fourteenth birthday'
  12. 'He died today of natural causes, only 39 years old, just shy of his 40th birthday.'
  13. 'Just shy of its 180th birthday, the oldest political party in the country voted itself out of existence in early December.'
  14. 'It was good old pop queen Madonna, three years shy of 50 and bouncing around like it was still 1985, who tackled the issue head on.'
  15. 'But, just a few months shy of his 28th birthday, as well as reaching his peak physically, he feels that he is at his mental best, too.'
  16. 'Michelle Wie is expected to make it official today, a week shy of her 16th birthday.'
  17. 'I went to graduate school at one point, and stopped 12 hours shy of getting a masters of science in economics.'
  18. 'He was just shy of his 60th birthday and certainly had much more to do in his life.'
  19. 'John, who is just shy of 80, belongs to the old guard of journalism.'
  20. 'He died there in a hail of bullets over Labor Day weekend, two months shy of his 26th birthday.'
  21. 'We also found our way up the slopes of Corfu's highest mountain, Pantokrator, and to the ghost-hamlet of Perithia, just shy of the summit.'
(of a plant) not bearing flowers or fruit well or prolifically.
  1. 'A new work by Alan Bennett is like a shy plant that only flowers every now and then, but when it does gives enormous pleasure.'


(especially of a horse) start suddenly aside in fright at an object, noise, or movement.
  1. 'Kathryn jumped and the gelding spooked as well, shying a few paces to the left and dragging Kathryn with him.'
  2. 'Patton shows a marked insight into training horse and rider as he cautions against harsh movements with the bridle hand that would cause a horse to shy.'
  3. 'Justine watched her father's steady hand movements towards the filly's head as she shied away.'
  4. 'But the white horse shied away from her, his wild eyes showing their whites, ears laid back in fear.'
  5. 'Dusty eased onto the bronco, who shied as soon as he felt weight on him.'
  6. 'She sat immobile for a moment before coming back to the present with a quick shake of her head, immediately cringing and shying away from him.'
  7. 'They flinched and shied away from the sudden, loud noise, and I took that moment to bolt.'
  8. 'He shied a bit from me, but Cae slipped a carrot into my hand.'
  9. 'The stallion snorted in the way that only horses could and began to shy at something on the side of the trail.'
  10. 'Hoss jumped, and the horse shied, the twin jolts coming together in the agony of his jawbone.'
  11. 'don't shy away from saying what you think'
  12. 'According to the theories of the peace movement, shying away from these fights should have brought us peace.'
  13. 'In conversation, however, she doesn't shy from voicing her view that other countries could take a lesson from Sweden's liberal ways.'
  14. 'But Hardy does not shy from giving himself credit as well for the development of the sisters.'
  15. 'It is a demanding task, and not always appreciated by members, most of who would shy from the invitation.'
  16. 'It says I want a collaborative effort I can dominate, and I shy from a solo effort whose flaws rest on my shoulders alone.'
  17. 'On the whole they are not afraid to have the tough conversations that men shy from.'
  18. 'It is not a coincidence that those more recent stories with which kids connect most strongly also don't shy from being gruesome.'
  19. 'It's full of nasty, worrying stuff and advertisers might shy from hawking their wares so close to such uncomfortable viewing.'
  20. 'It is one that does not shy from drawing lessons from experience that cause us to revise even our deepest notions of right and wrong.'
  21. 'Loach's best asset as a filmmaker is his ability to capture reality on film without hesitating and without ever shying away from life's nastier side.'


A sudden startled movement, especially of a frightened horse.


    Fling or throw (something) at a target.


      An act of flinging or throwing something at a target.
      1. 'Non-striker Gordon Webster, running to the danger end, would have been well short of safety had the shy at the stumps been on target.'


      1. bashful; retiring.

      2. easily frightened away; timid.

      3. suspicious; distrustful: I am a bit shy of that sort of person.

      4. reluctant; wary.

      5. deficient: shy of funds.

      6. scant; short of a full amount or number: still a few dollars shy of our goal; an inch shy of being six feet.

      7. (in poker) indebted to the pot.

      8. not bearing or breeding freely, as plants or animals. verb (used without object), shied, shying. 9. (especially

      More examples(as adjective)

      "people can be shy about things."

      "roboticses can be shy of estimates."

      "places can be shy about things."

      "people can be shy with people."

      "importerses can be shy in/at/on years."

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      (shy)Late 18th century: of unknown origin.


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