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Adjective
Lacking in courage or confidence
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“They were now bold warriors, far from the shy plebeians they once were.”
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Uncomfortable in the company of other people
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“She was painfully shy and would hide in her room whenever guests arrived.”
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Modest in nature
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“Ever the shy lady, she was loathed to sing her own praises.”
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(informal) Insufficient or less than
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“The count came up two shy of the expected total.”
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Not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily
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Easily agitated or alarmed
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Unconventional and slightly disreputable in an attractive manner
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Lacking in a required or necessary quality
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Done working
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Lacking grace in manner, behavior or appearance
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Not conspicuous
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Hard to find, capture, or achieve
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Having a considerate or kindly disposition
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Verb
(shy from) To avoid due to timidness, caution or aversion
“I shy from romantic comedies as I find them rather trite and contrived.”
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To jump back in fear
“The horse would shy violently as the sirens wailed.”
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(rare) To throw sideways with a jerk
“The farmers began to shy stones at the wolf.”
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To shun or shy away from
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To be hesitant or show reluctance
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To disagree with or dispute
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To turn or cause to turn aside from a course
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Noun
An act of throwing something
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