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Synonyms for shy

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Wiktionary1.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms4.0 / 3 votes

  1. shy

    modest, reserved, retiring, unassuming, unobtrusive

    impertinent, intrusive, meddlesome, meddling, obtrusive, officious

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms2.8 / 4 votes

  1. shy

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

    bold, brazen-faced, impudent, audacious, reckless

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  1. quietadjective

    shy people are quiet and timid

    that girl is quiet and timid

    Submitted by gilliancreedon on December 20, 2022  
  2. reticent

    Submitted by anonymous on September 6, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes5.0 / 1 vote

  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 Words5.0 / 1 vote

  1. shyadjective

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

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How to use shy in a sentence?

  1. Bonnie Lambeth:

    Sara Blackwood really loved' My Little Pony,' sara Blackwood said Sara Blackwood identified the most with Shutterfly because Sara Blackwood was shy like Sara Blackwood.

  2. Anna Amimour:

    He was a nice person, a sensitive person, a bit shy but somebody you can rely on. He was generous, someone who loved to laugh and joke, a cheeky little boy.

  3. Tim Berners-Lee:

    Yet this research indicates that governments continue to shy away from publishing the very data that can be used to enhance accountability and trust.

  4. Alexander Gabuev:

    The economic situation in Russia is deteriorating, and that gives China an upper hand in the relationship, ties between Moscow and Beijing have been asymmetric before Russia was a needier partner, but now this is an asymmetry on steroids where China has the commanding position, and definitely will be not shy to use it going forward.

  5. Tim McGraw:

    It was exactly my process, basically, I am an unsure, self-conscious, shy person. That is how I started — even when I was in college —before I would get on stage, I would start drinking. I would start drinking to stop shaking.

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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