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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-comparative of: shy) alt. (en-comparative of: shy)

  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]


See shy

Usage examples of "shyer".

Edgar and Percival were known as Eddie and Percy, though my father, being shyer and more dignified, was always Norval.

And yet, shyer than gravitation, less to be counted on than the fluxions of sun-dials, stealthier than the growth of a forest, are the footsteps of Christianity amongst the political workings of man.

This was the damsel Ildico, Rich in bloom until that hour: Shyer than the forest doe Twinkling slim through branches green.

Ahead, the country of the friendly Nyssomu and the shyer Uisgu merged with that of the abominable Skritek.

He sat in utter dumbness, shyer than a boy, but happier than a singing star!

That night I fished for food in another narrow chasm -- managing to catch five of the air fish, shyer and blue-banded here-- then took shelter in a roofed-over rockfall.

Finding, now she leaves off, that she has been making quite a long speech, Rosa is shyer than ever.

Her grandson is so attentive to it that Rosa is shyer than ever-- and prettier.

Ah, my good child, you know a lot about my sleep that is shyer than a weasel!

Not too sure of instrumentalism, oft the note was hesitating, soliciting a compliant ear as became a modest wooer of the muses, polishing his unceremonious serenade to some, shy mermaid, or hooting at shyer silence.

The deer from Melanudrigill had none of their winter boldness, and indeed all wild animals had become shyer of the presence of man than the oldest inhabitant remembered.

Lukassa and I sat silent, shyer than strangers, while I cleaned myself up as well as I might.

She was shy with him, shyer than she had been since their first meeting.

Victoria seemed to be growing shyer than ever, now less prone to tears but also less ready to smile.

Sea Otter swam and floated miles and miles down Crooked Brook, looking, but not too hard, for his smaller, shyer cousins, enjoying being off by himself with his thoughts for a change.