Definition of shy
- publicity shy
- a shy smile
- just shy of six feet tall
- gambling hells and shy saloons
I was painfully shy as a teenager.
She was too shy to ask for help.
He gave her a shy smile.
Help yourself if you want more. Don't be shy.
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use: 1787See Words from the same year
: feeling nervous and uncomfortable about meeting and talking to people
: showing that you are nervous and uncomfortable about meeting and talking to people
: tending to avoid something because of nervousness, fear, dislike, etc.
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