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English Dictionary: shy by the DICT Development Group
6 results for shy
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man"
    Synonym(s): diffident, shy, timid, unsure
    Antonym(s): confident
  2. short; "eleven is one shy of a dozen"
  3. wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things; "shy of strangers"
  1. a quick throw; "he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"
  1. start suddenly, as from fright
  2. throw quickly
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shy \Shy\ (sh[imac]), a. [Compar. {Shier} (-[etil]r) or {Shyer};
      superl. {Shiest} or {Shyest}.] [OE. schey, skey, sceouh, AS.
      sce[a2]h; akin to Dan. sky, Sw. skygg, D. schuw, MHG.
      schiech, G. scheu, OHG. sciuhen to be or make timid. Cf.
      1. Easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird.
                     The horses of the army . . . were no longer shy, but
                     would come up to my very feet without starting.
      2. Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach.
                     What makes you so shy, my good friend? There's
                     nobody loves you better than I.         --Arbuthnot.
                     The embarrassed look of shy distress And maidenly
                     shamefacedness.                                 --Wordsworth.
      3. Cautious; wary; suspicious.
                     I am very shy of using corrosive liquors in the
                     preparation of medicines.                  --Boyle.
                     Princes are, by wisdom of state, somewhat shy of
                     thier successors.                              --Sir H.
      {To fight shy}. See under {Fight}, v. i.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shy \Shy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Shied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Shying}.] [From {Shy}, a.]
      To start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; -- said
      especially of horses.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shy \Shy\, v. t.
      To throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone;
      to shy a slipper. --T. Hughes.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shy \Shy\, n.
      1. A sudden start aside, as by a horse.
      2. A side throw; a throw; a fling. --Thackeray.
                     If Lord Brougham gets a stone in his hand, he must,
                     it seems, have a shy at somebody.      --Punch.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shy \Shy\, a.
      Inadequately supplied; short; lacking; as, the team is shy
      two players. [Slang]
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