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  ( shyer    comparative)   ( shyest    superlative)   ( shies    3rd person present)   ( shying    present participle)   ( shied    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   A shy person is nervous and uncomfortable in the company of other people.  
She was a shy and retiring person off-stage..., He is painfully shy of women.     
  shyly      adv   usu ADV with v  
The children smiled shyly.     
   shyness             n-uncount  
Eventually he overcame his shyness.     
2       adj   If you are shyof doing something, you are unwilling to do it because you are afraid of what might happen.  
oft ADJ of -ing  
You should not be shy of having your say in the running of the school.     
3       verb   When a horse shies, it moves away suddenly, because something has frightened it.  
Llewelyn's stallion shied as the wind sent sparks flying.      V  
4    A number or amount that is just shy of another number or amount is just under it.  
shy of      prep-phrase   (=short of)  
...a high-school dropout rate just shy of 53%...      shy away from      phrasal verb   If you shy away from doing something, you avoid doing it, often because you are afraid or not confident enough.  
We frequently shy away from making decisions...      V P P -ing/n  

Someone who is camera-shy is nervous and uncomfortable about being filmed or about having their photograph taken.      adj  
If someone is gun-shy, they are nervous or afraid.      adj   usu v-link ADJ  
The electric-power industry is gun-shy about building more large plants.     
-shy is added to nouns to form adjectives which indicate that someone does not like a particular thing, and tries to avoid it. For example, someone who is camera-shy does not like having their photograph taken.      comb in adj red deer...     
work-shy      , workshy  
If you describe someone as work-shy, you disapprove of them because you think they are lazy and do not want to work.  
  (BRIT)      adj   usu ADJ n     (disapproval)    (=lazy)  
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