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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.]

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Inadequately supplied; short; lacking; as, the team is shy two players.[Slang]

  5. (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.


a. (en-comparativeshy)

  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 "shier".

She became bolder and more sexually precocious, while Emma grew shier and less confident with boys, especially with Mike.

The female was shier than her friends and hovered a couple of feet away.

Dahah Shier courtship figurine and set it down on the low table in front of her.

Gamorreans are no shier about celebrating happiness and friendship than they are about aggression.