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shy

noun

1 shy

A quick throw.

Roget 284: propulsion, projection; propelment; vis a tergo [Lat.], force from behind; push, shove etc. (impulse) 276; ejaculate; ejection etc. 297; ... show more

Dutch: bleu



verb

1 shy

Start suddenly, as from fright.

Roget 860: fear, stand in awe of; be afraid etc. adj.; have qualms etc. n.; apprehend, sit upon thorns, eye askance; distrust etc. (disbelieve) ... show more

Roget 279: alter one's course, deviate, depart from, turn, trend; bend, curve etc. 245; swerve, heel, bear off; gybe, wear.    ... show more

Roget 862: quail etc. (fear) 860; be cowardly etc. adj., be a coward etc. n.; funk; cower, skulk, ... show more

Roget 623: abstain, refrain, spare, not attempt; not do etc. 681; maintain the even tenor of one's way.    eschew, keep from, let alone, have nothing to do with; keep aloof keep off, stand aloof, ... show more

Roget 284: propel, project, throw, fling, cast, pitch, chuck, toss, jerk, heave, shy, hurl; flirt, fillip.    ... show more

Roget 283: recede, regrade, return, revert, retreat, retire; retrograde, retrocede; back out; back down; balk; crawfish [U.S.], crawl [Slang]; withdraw; ... show more

2 shy

Throw quickly.

adjective

1 shy

Lacking self-confidence.

synonyms: diffident, timid, unsure.

Roget 881: modest, diffident; humble etc. 879; timid, timorous, bashful; shy, nervous, skittish, coy, sheepish, shamefaced, ... show more

Roget 623: unsought, unattempted; avoiding etc. v.; neutral, shy of etc. (unwilling) 603; elusive, evasive; fugitive, runaway; ... show more

Roget 862: coward, cowardly; fearful, shy; timid, timorous; skittish; poor-spirited, spiritless, soft, effeminate.    weak-minded; infirm of purpose etc. ... show more

2 shy

Short.

3 shy

Wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things.


Moby thesaurus: Pyrrhonic, about the bush, afraid, agnostic, apprehensive, around the bush, arrested, averse, avert, avoid, back down, backhanded, backward, balance, balk, bankrupt in, bare of, bashful, be startled, bear off ... show more.

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