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Definition of the adjective shy

What does shy mean as an attribute of a noun?

Shy is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: shyer / shier (less preferred form) | shyest / shiest (less preferred form)

  1. lacking self-confidence
  2. short
    • example: eleven is one shy of a dozen
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • usage: colloquialism
    • similar: deficient / insufficient
  3. wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things
    • example: shy of strangers
    • similar: wary

Alternative definition of the adjective shy


  1. Easily frightened; timid.
  2. Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach.
  3. Cautious; wary; suspicious.
  4. Short, insufficient or less than.
  5. See Embarrassed.

Definition of the noun shy

What does shy mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: shies

  1. a quick throw
    • example: he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: throw = the act of throwing

Alternative definition of the noun shy


  1. act of throwing
  2. place for throwing

Definition of the verb shy

What does shy mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: shied

  1. start suddenly, as from fright
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: jump / start / startle = move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
  2. throw quickly
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: throw = propel through the air

Alternative definition of the verb shy


  1. [intransitive] To avoid due to timidness or caution.
  2. [intransitive] To jump back in fear.
  3. [transitive] to throw a ball or other missile at a target


  1. Shy a.k.a. Shyheim is an American rapper and actor affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan. He was closely associated with a group called G.P. Wu and then began collaborating with Wu-Tang Records affiliated groups Killarmy and Sunz of Man.
  2. Shy a.k.a. Shy Love, also known as Shy Luv, is the stage name of an American pornographic actress, of Sicilian and Puerto Rican descent. She has been active in the porn industry since 2003.

There are other people with in their name, like Don Shy, Gus Shy, Shy Dog, Shy Shy, Carl Shy, Jean Shy, mc shy d, Shy Girl, Bryan Shy and many others.


  1. Shy are a British metal band formed in 1980 under the name "Trojan", hailing from Birmingham, England.
    • also known as Shy England
    • genres: Hard rock, Glam metal, Album-oriented rock
    • albums: "Misspent Youth", "Auf Reisen", "Brave the Storm", "Live in Europe", "Sunset and Vine", "Excess All Areas", "Welcome to the Madhouse", "Unfinished Business", "Let the Hammer Fall", "Regeneration", "Breakaway", "Once Bitten... Twice Shy"
    • official website:
  2. Shy is a musical group.
    • albums: "35 Sommer", "Zurück am Start", "Auf Reisen"
    • official website:

There are other groups with in their name, like Pee Shy, Shy Shit, Shy Child, Shy Nature, Shy FX & T Power, The Shy Trafficker and Shy Guy at the Show.


Shy is an Italian owned fashion label specialising in women's shoes and handbags. It was founded in Riviera del Brenta, Venice in 2001. SHY are considered high fashion and have very few stores, all of which are within Europe. SHY gained much attention in the fashion world by being featured in Vogue magazine in March, 2005.


Shy is a fictional character from the 2004 film Haven.


  1. "Shy" is a composition.
  2. "Shy" is a musical album of Illegal Illusion.
    • released in (18 years ago)


Shy a.k.a. Tachawit Language: Shawiya Berber, also spelled Chaouïa, is a major Algerian Zenati variety of the Berber language. Shawiya Berber is spoken by the Shawia people of the Aurès Mountains of eastern Algeria and surrounding areas including Batna, Khenchela, Sétif, Oum El Bouaghi, Souk Ahras, Tébessa and the north part of Biskra.

  • also known as Shawia, Shawiya, Tacawit, Chaouia, Chawi, Shawiya language

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Shy

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Google previewThe natural method of teaching the elements of grammar, for the nursery and infant schools (1851)

by Robert Pemberton (F.R.S.L.)

Shy is an adjective. ( SWer is an ...

Google previewWinning in Life and Work: Volume One (2013)

by Keith Blakemore-Noble, Cindi Wilson, Ruth Thirtle, Kim Davey, Ian Douglas, Claudia Crawley, John Brant, Patricia Duffy, Vincent Delaney, Graham Phoenix, Gary Setterfield, Johnnie Cass

The good news is that the fact that you did such a great job of learning how to be shy means that you can do an even better job of learning new and more empowering behaviours, which means that you are perfectly placed to conquer your ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1865)

Q - Z ; 1 by Hensleigh Wedgwood

Shy. G. scheu, timorous, shunning ; scheuen, to be afraid of, to shun; scheuchen, to scare away, to affright; scheuche, vogelscheu, ...

Google previewThe Anti-Dictionary (2002)

A Selected List of Words Being Forced from the Modern Lexicon by Michael Cromwell

Shy. 0 Conventional definitions: reserved, diffident, and uncomfortable in the company of others; easily frightened; unwilling to trust or put confi— dence in somebody of something; fearful of making a commitment; to avoid or evade something.

Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

by Sally-Anne Lambert

taewao Lonely ongeonge / mehameha lonesome mokaka Being shy / Drawing back / Hanging back memeke Shy / Solitary mokopuihi Shy whakakékiri / whakami Keeping aloof Whiwhiu [fiu ...

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Shy in Baby Sign Language, ASL

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Quotes about Shy

Shy fruit tastes sweetest.
It breeds unobtrusiveness.
Thus, shy fruit never repels.
Aging brings in wisdom.
Wisdom plucks away the shyness.
Shy-less, a woman grows graceless.
29.11.2002 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of S1H4Y4

The value of this 3-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of SHY

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