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Synonyms for shy
ʃaɪshy

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Wiktionary

  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 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

Princeton's WordNet

  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 Contribution

  1. reticent

    Submitted by anonymous on September 6, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  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 Words

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

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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