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Shied \Shied\, imp. & p. p. of Shy.


Shy \Shy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shied; p. pr. & vb. n. Shying.] [From Shy,

  1. ] To start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; -- said especially of horses.


vb. (en-pastshy)

  1. v. start suddenly, as from fight

  2. throw quickly

  3. [also: shied, shyest, shyer, shiest, shier]

  1. adj. lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man" [syn: diffident, timid, unsure]

  2. easily startled or frightened

  3. short; "eleven is one shy of a dozen" [syn: shy(p)]

  4. wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things; "shy of strangers"

  5. [also: shied, shyest, shyer, shiest, shier]

  1. n. a quick throw; "he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"

  2. [also: shied, shyest, shyer, shiest, shier]


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Usage examples of "shied".

Her mind immediately shied away from Joe, because that hurt was too powerful to linger over.

It had been weeks since he had tried to snap at her and he no longer shied when she patted his sleek, muscular neck.

He didn't rush them, or lose his patience when a fractious young horse shied away from him whenever Wolf tried to lift a saddle onto his back.

She had dated, some, but she had instinctively shied away whenever a boy or man showed signs of becoming too involved, possessive.

He had seen it in his own eyes, and he'd understood when some women had shied away from him, frightened by the dangerous edge they sensed in him.

Uneasily she shied from examining his motives, because she was just now becoming capable of dealing with herself again, on a very limited basis.

As we were the larger number, they shied off and vanished into an inlet on the eastern shore.

What little we had heard was from the tales of Indians, and they shied from this land, hunting here but always moving and returning to their homes far away.

At first he shied from direct questions, but after a while we began comparing notes on our peoples.

Something hit me a wicked blow on the skull, and the dun shied violently.

The dun shied several times, but finally he stood still and let me get into the saddle.

He could sense something I could not, and though it made him curious, it was something he shied from.

After that, even outlaws shied away from the place for six or seven years, but from this moment to that somebody would hide out there for a while.

My horse shied and tried to turn east, away from the approaching storm.

She opened her mind, giving him glimpses of the imaginary fire and flashing hooves his horse had shied from.