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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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    timid, bashful, self-conscious, coy, embarrassed, half-hearted, tentative

How to pronounce shy?

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How to say shy in sign language?

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#258reserved
#10026modest
#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. Terrell Suggs:

    You’re naturally the villain when you go into an opponent’s stadium, anyway, you might as well not shy away from it. You might as well bask in it and enjoy it. I’m not supposed to be the opponent’s favorite player. You’re not supposed to like me. I don’t play for you. I represent Ravens Nation. I just enjoy it.

  2. Lord Coe:

    The crowds have to know that what they are watching is genuine. Parents have got to know that they are encouraging their children to go into a sport where they will not be harmed, we will not shy away from this.

  3. Laura Bush:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Abu Meshaal:

    He said he can not come back to work because he felt so shy of other people, he is sitting home and can not even go to the mosque to pray because he is ashamed of his son. He doesn't want people to see him, so he is praying at home.


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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