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Lacking in courage or confidence
“They were now bold warriors, far from the shy plebeians they once were.”
Uncomfortable in the company of other people
“She was painfully shy and would hide in her room whenever guests arrived.”
Modest in nature
“Ever the shy lady, she was loathe to sing her own praises.”
(shy from) To avoid due to timidness, caution or aversion
“I shy from romantic comedies as I find them rather trite and contrived.”
To jump back in fear
“The horse would shy violently as the sirens wailed.”
(rare) To throw sideways with a jerk
“The farmers began to shy stones at wolf.”
(informal) Insufficient or less than
“The count came up two shy of the expected total.”
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