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Synonyms for shy
ʃaɪshy

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Wiktionary1.0 / 1 vote

  1. shynoun

    Antonyms:
    brazen, bold, audacious

  2. shynoun

    Easily frightened; timid.

    a shy bird.

    Antonyms:
    bold, audacious, brazen

  3. shyverb

    Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.

    coconut shy

    Antonyms:
    brazen, bold, audacious

  4. shyadjective

    Cautious; wary; suspicious.

    Antonyms:
    brazen, audacious, bold

  5. shyadjective

    Antonyms:
    audacious, bold, brazen

  6. shyadjective

    Antonyms:
    brazen, bold, audacious

English Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 3 votes

  1. shy

    Synonyms:
    modest, reserved, retiring, unassuming, unobtrusive

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms2.8 / 4 votes

  1. shy

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

    Antonyms:
    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    sufficient, unwary

  3. shy(p)adjective

    short

    "eleven is one shy of a dozen"

    Antonyms:
    sufficient, unwary

  4. shyverb

    wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things

    "shy of strangers"

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

    Antonyms:
    unwary, sufficient

  5. shyverb

    start suddenly, as from fright

    Antonyms:
    unwary, sufficient

  6. shyverb

    throw quickly

    Antonyms:
    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

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

  2. shyadjective

    Synonyms:
    cautious, wary, heedful, chary

  3. shynoun

    Synonyms:
    sudden start (as of a horse)

  4. shynoun

    Synonyms:
    [Colloquial.] fling, throw

  5. shyverb

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

  6. shyverb

    Synonyms:
    sheer, start aside

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words5.0 / 1 vote

  1. shyadjective

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

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#11163shy
#11666uncertain
#13349unsure
#15135faint
#15140tentative
#15340suspicion
#19227retiring
#20401embarrassed
#21238shrinking
#29815coy
#33672timid
#47406unobtrusive
#61086unassuming
#74473bashful
#165988diffident
#178624chary
#251834fainthearted

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. Joseph Minott:

    It does not surprise me at this point the government - once bitten, twice shy - is not rushing to the rescue again.

  3. Jerry Coleman:

    Last night's homer was Willie Stargell's 399th career home run, leaving him one shy of 500.

  4. Anthon St Maarten:

    Never shy away from opportunity and wholehearted living. Never be fearful of putting yourself out there. The courageous may encounter many disappointments, experience profound disillusionment, gather many wounds; but cherish your scars for they are the proud emblems of a truly phenomenal life. The fearful, cautious, cynical and self-repressed do not live at all. And that is simply no way to be in this world.

  5. Mustafa Kuko:

    He's a little bit shy, a little bit withdrawn. He doesn't mix with people easily.


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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