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shy

  
[1]  
      adj   , shyer, shyest, shier, shiest  
1    not at ease in the company of others  
2    easily frightened; timid  
3    often foll by: of   watchful or wary  
4      (Poker)   (of a player) without enough money to back his bet  
5    (of plants and animals) not breeding or producing offspring freely  
6    foll by: of  
Informal     (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   short (of)  
7    in combination   showing reluctance or disinclination  
workshy     
      vb   , shies, shying, shied   intr  
8    to move suddenly, as from fear  
the horse shied at the snake in the road     
9    usually foll by: off or away   to draw back; recoil  
      n   pl   , shies  
10    a sudden movement, as from fear  
     (Old English sceoh; related to Old High German sciuhen to frighten away, Dutch schuw shy, Swedish skygg)  
  shyer      n  
  shyly      adv  
  shyness      n  
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shy   [2]  
      vb   , shies, shying, shied  
1    to throw (something) with a sideways motion  
      n   pl   , shies  
2    a quick throw  
3    Informal   a gibe  
4    Informal   an attempt; experiment  
5       short for       cockshy  
     (C18: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German sciuhen to make timid, Middle Dutch schüchteren to chase away)  
  shyer      n  

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cockshy  
      n   pl   , -shies     (Brit)  
1    a target aimed at in throwing games  
2    the throw itself,   (Often shortened to)    shy         
     (C18: from shying (throwing objects at) a cock, which was given as a prize to the person who hit it)  


camera-shy  
      adj   having an aversion to being photographed or filmed  
coconut shy  
      n   a fairground stall in which balls are thrown to knock coconuts off stands  
gun-shy  
      adj   afraid of a gun or the sound it makes  
a gun-shy dog is useless for shooting     
shy   [1]  
      adj   , shyer, shyest, shier, shiest  
1    not at ease in the company of others  
2    easily frightened; timid  
3    often foll by: of   watchful or wary  
4      (Poker)   (of a player) without enough money to back his bet  
5    (of plants and animals) not breeding or producing offspring freely  
6    foll by: of  
Informal     (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   short (of)  
7    in combination   showing reluctance or disinclination  
workshy     
      vb   , shies, shying, shied   intr  
8    to move suddenly, as from fear  
the horse shied at the snake in the road     
9    usually foll by: off or away   to draw back; recoil  
      n   pl   , shies  
10    a sudden movement, as from fear  
     (Old English sceoh; related to Old High German sciuhen to frighten away, Dutch schuw shy, Swedish skygg)  
  shyer      n  
  shyly      adv  
  shyness      n  
shy   [2]  
      vb   , shies, shying, shied  
1    to throw (something) with a sideways motion  
      n   pl   , shies  
2    a quick throw  
3    Informal   a gibe  
4    Informal   an attempt; experiment  
5       short for       cockshy  
     (C18: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German sciuhen to make timid, Middle Dutch schüchteren to chase away)  
  shyer      n  

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shy

  
[1]  
1   
      adj   backward, bashful, cautious, chary, coy, diffident, distrustful, hesitant, modest, mousy, nervous, reserved, reticent, retiring, self-conscious, self-effacing, shrinking, suspicious, timid, wary  
2   
      vb     (sometimes with)       off or away   balk, buck, draw back, flinch, quail, rear, recoil, start, swerve, take fright, wince  
  
Antonyms     
,       adj   assured, bold, brash, cheeky, confident, fearless, forward, pushy     (informal)   rash, reckless, self-assured, self-confident, unsuspecting, unwary  

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shy   [2]  
      vb   cast, chuck     (informal)   fling, hurl, lob     (informal)   pitch, propel, send, sling, throw, toss  

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