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Synonyms for shy

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  1. shynoun

    brazen, bold, audacious

  2. shynoun

    Easily frightened; timid.

    a shy bird.

    bold, audacious, brazen

  3. shyverb

    Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.

    coconut shy

    brazen, bold, audacious

  4. shyadjective

    Cautious; wary; suspicious.

    brazen, audacious, bold

  5. shyadjective

    audacious, bold, brazen

  6. shyadjective

    brazen, bold, audacious

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shy

    modest, reserved, retiring, unassuming, unobtrusive

    impertinent, intrusive, meddlesome, meddling, obtrusive, officious

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shy

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

    bold, brazen-faced, impudent, audacious, reckless

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shyadjective

    a quick throw

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

    sufficient, unwary

  2. diffident, shy, timid, unsureadjective

    lacking self-confidence

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

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

    sufficient, unwary

  3. shy(p)adjective


    "eleven is one shy of a dozen"

    sufficient, unwary

  4. shyverb

    wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things

    "shy of strangers"

    shy(p), timid, diffident, unsure

    unwary, sufficient

  5. shyverb

    start suddenly, as from fright

    unwary, sufficient

  6. shyverb

    throw quickly

    unwary, sufficient

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Editors Contribution

  1. reticent

    Submitted by anonymous on September 6, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shyadjective

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

  2. shyadjective

    cautious, wary, heedful, chary

  3. shynoun

    sudden start (as of a horse)

  4. shynoun

    [Colloquial.] fling, throw

  5. shyverb

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

  6. shyverb

    sheer, start aside

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shyadjective

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

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How to use shy in a sentence?

  1. Anuj Somany:

    It is so commonly seen in our world that self-obsessed and fools are always confident in the crowd and consider themselves to be intelligent, whereas self-dependent and actually brilliant leads a simple life, remains usually shy from public gatherings and is often diffident and sadly projected as half-crack or mad by those who have no brain in their head.

  2. Damir Yusupov:

    It feels odd and Im shy.

  3. Laura Bush:

    She's shy but I think she'll be a really wonderful asset to Jeb.

  4. David Roth:

    It'll probably hit land either mid or late afternoon, it has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, which is about 10 miles shy of being a hurricane. This is definitely a dangerous storm.

  5. Katie Trump:

    You can sense those who are shy to the interaction, you give them some cheekiness and a twinkle and they're in.

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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