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."

Definitions of shy
  1. adjective
    lacking self-confidence
    synonyms: diffident, timid, unsure
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    having or marked by confidence or assurance
    marked by assurance; exhibiting confidence
    cocksure, overconfident, positive
    marked by excessive confidence
    having confidence restored; freed from anxiety
    self-assured, self-confident
    showing poise and confidence in your own worth
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  2. adjective
    wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things
    shy of strangers”
    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
  3. verb
    start suddenly, as from fright
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    type of:
    jump, start, startle
    move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
  4. verb
    throw quickly
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    type of:
    propel through the air
  5. noun
    a quick throw
    “he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman”
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    type of:
    the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
  6. adjective
    “eleven is one shy of a dozen”
    deficient, insufficient
    of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
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