shy

Making small talk is not much fun for a shy person. Shy means being nervous or reserved around other people, especially in a social situation.

Someone who's extremely shy might blush or stammer when talking to a group of people. Shy can also mean "tending to avoid," like when someone is "camera shy," or if they "shy away" from being straightforward. The Old English root scēoh, "easily frightened," originally only referred to a horse, and came from a Germanic root meaning "scare."

Primary Meanings of shy

1.
adjv
lacking self-confidence
start suddenly, as from fright
2.
vnadj
throw quickly
a quick throw
short
Full Definitions of shy
1

adj lacking self-confidence

Synonyms:
diffident, timid, unsure
Antonyms:
confident
having or marked by confidence or assurance
assured
marked by assurance; exhibiting confidence
cocksure, overconfident, positive
marked by excessive confidence
reassured
having confidence restored; freed from anxiety
self-assured, self-confident
showing poise and confidence in your own worth
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adj wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things

shy of strangers”
Synonyms:
wary
marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

v start suddenly, as from fright

Type of:
jump, start, startle
move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
2

v throw quickly

Type of:
throw
propel through the air

n a quick throw

“he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman”
Type of:
throw
the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

adj short

“eleven is one shy of a dozen”
Synonyms:
deficient, insufficient
of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

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