Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Shy \Shy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shied; p. pr. & vb. n. Shying.] [From Shy,
] To start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; -- said especially of horses.
Shy \Shy\, v. t.
To throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone;
to shy a slipper.
Shy \Shy\, n.
A sudden start aside, as by a horse.
A side throw; a throw; a fling.
If Lord Brougham gets a stone in his hand, he must, it seems, have a shy at somebody.
Shy \Shy\ (sh[imac]), a. [Compar. Shier (sh[imac]"[~e]r) or Shyer; superl. Shiest or Shyest.] [OE. schey, skey, sceouh, AS. sce['o]h; akin to Dan. sky, Sw. skygg, D. schuw, MHG. schiech, G. scheu, OHG. sciuhen to be or make timid. Cf. Eschew.]
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.
Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach.
What makes you so shy, my good friend? There's nobody loves you better than I.
The embarrassed look of shy distress And maidenly shamefacedness.
Cautious; wary; suspicious.
I am very shy of using corrosive liquors in the preparation of medicines.
Princes are, by wisdom of state, somewhat shy of thier successors.
--Sir H. Wotton.
Inadequately supplied; short; lacking; as, the team is shy two players.[Slang]
(Poker), owing money to the pot; -- in cases where an opponent's bet has exceeded a player's available stake or chips, but the player chooses to continue playing the hand before adding the required bet to the pot. [Slang]
To fight shy. See under Fight, v. i.
Shy are a British metal band formed in 1980 under the name "Trojan", hailing from Birmingham, England.
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 the adjective describing a person who demonstrates shyness.
Shy or SHY may also refer to:
- IATA airport code for Shinyanga Airport
- Shy (company), an Italian women's shoe brand
- Soft hyphen (HTML character entity ­), an indication of an optional hyphenation point in a word
- iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury Bond, an exchange-traded fund with ticker symbol SHY
- SHY, an ICAO code for Sky Airlines
- Christopher Shy, freelance fantasy and science fiction artist
- Shy, also called a throw-in in association football.
- Shy Keenan, an author, child sexual abuse survivor, and founder of Phoenix Survivors
- Shy (band), a British classic rock band
- SHY, real name Mark Scott, member of the Scottish rapper and songwriter duo SHY & DRS
- "Shy", a song by Prince from The Gold Experience
- "Shy", a 2000 song from Sonata Arctica's albums Successor and Takatalvi
- Shy, a 2015 by Imany
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late Old English sceoh "timid, easily startled," from Proto-Germanic *skeukh(w)az "afraid" (cognates: Middle Low German schüwe, Dutch schuw, German scheu "shy;" Old High German sciuhen, German scheuchen "to scare away"). Uncertain cognates outside Germanic, unless in Old Church Slavonic shchuti "to hunt, incite." Italian schivare "to avoid," Old French eschiver "to shun" are Germanic loan-words. Meaning "lacking, short of" is from 1895, American English gambling slang. Related: Shyly; shyness.
"to throw (a missile) with a jerk or toss," 1787, colloquial, of unknown origin and uncertain connection to shy (adj.). Related: Shied; shying.
"to recoil," 1640s, from shy (adj.). Related: Shied; shying.
easily startled or frightened
short; "eleven is one shy of a dozen" [syn: shy(p)]
wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things; "shy of strangers"
1 Easily frightened; timid. 2 Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach. 3 cautious; wary; suspicious. 4 (cx informal English) short, insufficient or less than. 5 embarrassed. (rfex) n. 1 An act of throwing. 2 A place for throwing. 3 A sudden start aside, as by a horse. 4 In the Eton College wall game, a point scored by lifting the ball against the wall in the calx. v
1 (context intransitive English) To avoid due to timidness or caution. 2 (context intransitive English) To jump back in fear. 3 (context transitive English) to throw sideways with a jerk; to fling
Usage examples of "shy".
But Mary was shy of acceding to such invitations and at last frankly told her friend Patience, that she would not again break bread in Greshamsbury in any house in which she was not thought fit to meet the other guests who habitually resorted there.
But if these muons are not sitting at rest in the laboratory and instead are traveling through a piece of equipment known as a particle accelerator that boosts them to just shy of light-speed, their average life expectancy as measured by scientists in the laboratory increases dramatically.
Leiter out by going to the Acme Baths to make the pay-off if Shy Smile failed to win the race.
Azzli shouted, sounding far less a prince two years shy of adulthood, than a boy half that age.
Shy, iridescent, coltish, pelvically anfractuous, amply busted, given to diffident movements of hand brushing flaxen hair from front of dear creamy forehead, movements which drove Bruce Green up a private tree.
Finally, the prince was rewarded as the tent flap was pulled aside and Asteria stepped into the room, looking for all the world like Artemis or golden Aphrodite, her small lyre under one arm, her eyes cast demurely down to her feet, a shy smile on her face.
Well-bred and shy about her body, Aurora stood silently as he dispensed with her gown and corset and stockings.
Jack Bedell wandered about, watching his fellow-passengers with interest, but much too shy to make acquaintances.
All his life Bibbs had kept himself to himself--he was but a shy onlooker in the world.
And Bibbs gave his sister a shy but friendly touch upon the shoulder as a complement to the handshaking, and left her.
There had been men, such as Lord Fawn on one side and Mr Boffin on the other, who had found themselves stranded disagreeably,--with no certain position,--unwilling to sit behind a Treasury bench from which they were excluded, and too shy to place themselves immediately opposite.
The singers alternately leaned toward Brod, then shied off again, to his embarrassment and the amusement of everyone else.
The Indians came up on either side of Cissy, and their mounts shied as well, ter- rified, eyes rolling back in their heads.
He shies in surprise as she jumps to his aid, cooing nurturingly, laying her hands on his shoulders to help him remove his waterlogged ulster.
I imagined that he would be handsome and gallant, but perhaps a little shy, so that I would have to coquette a little to put him at his ease.