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Synonyms for shy
ʃaɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shy(adj)

    a quick throw

    "he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"

    Antonyms:
    sufficient, unwary

  2. diffident, shy, timid, unsure(adj)

    lacking self-confidence

    "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man"

    Synonyms:
    diffident, faint, shy(p), fainthearted, faint-hearted, timid, uncertain, unsure, incertain

    Antonyms:
    sufficient, unwary

  3. shy(p)(adj)

    short

    "eleven is one shy of a dozen"

    Antonyms:
    sufficient, unwary

  4. shy(verb)

    wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things

    "shy of strangers"

    Synonyms:
    shy(p), timid, diffident, unsure

    Antonyms:
    unwary, sufficient

  5. shy(verb)

    start suddenly, as from fright

    Antonyms:
    unwary, sufficient

  6. shy(verb)

    throw quickly

    Antonyms:
    unwary, sufficient

Wiktionary

  1. shy(noun)

    Antonyms:
    brazen, bold, audacious

  2. shy(noun)

    Easily frightened; timid.

    a shy bird.

    Antonyms:
    bold, audacious, brazen

  3. shy(verb)

    Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.

    He is very shy with strangers.

    Antonyms:
    brazen, audacious, bold

  4. shy(adjective)

    Cautious; wary; suspicious.

    Antonyms:
    brazen, audacious, bold

  5. shy(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    audacious, bold, brazen

  6. shy(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    brazen, bold, audacious

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shy

    Synonyms:
    modest, reserved, retiring, unassuming, unobtrusive

    Antonyms:
    impertinent, intrusive, meddlesome, meddling, obtrusive, officious

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shy

    Synonyms:
    timid, reserved, modest, bashful, suspicion, shrinking, chary

    Antonyms:
    bold, brazen-faced, impudent, audacious, reckless

Editors Contribution

  1. reticent

    Submitted by anonymous on September 6, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shy(a.)

    Synonyms:
    coy, reserved, bashful, diffident, timid, sheepish, shame-faced, over-modest

  2. shy(a.)

    Synonyms:
    cautious, wary, heedful, chary

  3. shy(n.)

    Synonyms:
    sudden start (as of a horse)

  4. shy(n.)

    Synonyms:
    [Colloquial.] fling, throw

  5. shy(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    fling, throw, jerk, cast, toss, hurl, FLIRT, chuck, pitch, sling

  6. shy(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    sheer, start aside

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shy(a)

    Synonyms:
    timid, coy, backward, retiring, diffident, wary, cautious, (Slang) short, lacking

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#20401embarrassed
#21238shrinking
#29815coy
#33672timid
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#74473bashful
#165988diffident
#178624chary
#251834fainthearted

How to use shy in a sentence?

  1. John Suffolk:

    We just say: 'Don't hide it, don't be shy. Publish it, let the world see it'.

  2. Gucci Grace:

    He came to me and started asking about my family, he just started talking to me, asking me about my life. Were you married before, things like that … I did n’t know it was leading somewhere. I was quite a shy person, very shy.

  3. Ben Carson:

    He was a quiet, shy kid, not too outgoing, bennie stayed home a lot or went to the library to work. We would have been at the ballfield, so maybe he would have come by to watch.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    A guy who does not feel shy, shame & guilt to speak relentlessly lie in every pie of information has a promising career to reach position very high in the field of politics and journalism. If he also wants to live life king size, fly often in sky, always enjoy at others expenses, first deprive and then pretend to cry over that matter, think selfishly in terms of I,ME & MY then he can also become head of the nation or private organization.

  5. Noura Hussein:

    People shy away from this conversation in Sudan, it's a taboo, i hope that people will now feel comfortable to speak about to their parents and grandparents about it.

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Translations for shy

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  • مورط, خجول, خجلArabic
  • vergonyósCatalan, Valencian
  • plachý, hodit sebou, uskočit, mrštit sebou, opatrný, praštit sebou, odměřenýCzech
  • kast, smide, kaste, genertDanish
  • schüchtern, scheu, verlegenGerman
  • ντροπαλόςGreek
  • tímido, lanzar, reservado, vergonzosoSpanish
  • خجالتیPersian
  • vajaa, heitto, ujo, nolo, arka, heittopaikka, kavahtaa, säikkyä, varovainen, heittääFinnish
  • embarrassé, prudent, timide, apeuréFrench
  • cúthailIrish
  • faitaghManx
  • félénkHungarian
  • pemaluIndonesian
  • feiminnIcelandic
  • adombrarsi, timidoItalian
  • ביישןHebrew
  • 恥ずかしい, 弱気, 慎重, 引っ込み思案, 恥ずかしがり屋, 寡黙Japanese
  • timidus, verecundus, pavidus, timidos agitabisLatin
  • beschroomd, gooiplek, verlegen, klein, aangooi, timide, gooien, voorzichtig, terugspringen, weggooien, verstandig, werpen, bedeesd, worp, gereserveerd, schuchter, gooiplaats, schroomvalligDutch
  • sjenertNorwegian
  • nieśmiałyPolish
  • medroso, avergonhado, arremesso, assustado, envergonhado, lance, tímido, reservado, cuidadoso, lançamento, pávidoPortuguese
  • timidRomanian
  • робкий, нерешительный, смущённый, пугливый, застенчивый, стыдливый, растерянный, стеснительный, осторожныйRussian
  • blygSwedish
  • வெட்கப்படவில்லைTamil
  • utangaçTurkish
  • شرمیلیUrdu
  • nhátVietnamese
  • shyYiddish
  • 害羞Chinese

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