gun-shy

adjective
\ ˈgən-ˌshī How to pronounce gun-shy (audio) \

Definition of gun-shy

1 : afraid of loud noise (such as that of a gun)
2 : markedly distrustful, afraid, or cautious

First Known Use of gun-shy

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gun-shy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gun-shy. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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