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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shyness(noun)

    a feeling of fear of embarrassment

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shyness

    Bashfulness is a shrinking from notice without assignable reason. Coyness is a half encouragement, half avoidance of offered attention, and may be real or affected. Diffidence is self-distrust; modesty, a humble estimate of oneself in comparison with others, or with the demands of some undertaking. Modesty has also the specific meaning of a sensitive shrinking from anything indelicate. Shyness is a tendency to shrink from observation; timidity, a distinct fear of criticism, error, or failure. Reserve is the holding oneself aloof from others, or holding back one's feelings from expression, or one's affairs from communication to others. Reserve may be the retreat of shyness, or, on the other hand, the contemptuous withdrawal of pride and haughtiness. Compare ABASH; PRIDE; TACITURN.

    Synonyms:
    backwardness, bashfulness, coldness, constraint, coyness, diffidence, modesty, reserve, timidity, unobtrusiveness

    Antonyms:
    abandon, arrogance, assumption, assurance, boldness, conceit, confidence, egotism, forwardness, frankness, freedom, haughtiness, impudence, indiscretion, loquaciousness, loquacity, pertness, sauciness, self-conceit, self-sufficiency, sociability

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shyness(n)

    Synonyms:
    diffidence, coyness, timidity, bashfulness

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    timidity

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#9968constraint
#33716modesty
#50191shyness
#60838timidity
#66641coldness
#96428backwardness
#174555diffidence
#281008bashfulness
#307452coyness

How to use shyness in a sentence?

  1. Malath Adam:

    Shyness is a disability.

  2. Katie Leung:

    I always had a problem with shyness at school and would never stick my hand up in class if I was stuck at something. I didn't want to be the center of attention, all those eyes looking at me would have made me really nervous.

  3. J. B. Priestley:

    Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.

  4. Lady Bird Johnson:

    The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Shyness blocks and breaks routes toward the fraternizing with others and success of career and life.


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