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shy

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2 not comfortable around people
  • a shy person who finds talking to anyone but a close friend to be an awkward and unpleasant experience
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3 not coming up to an expected measure or meeting a particular need
  • The team is shy a couple of players because of illness.
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shy, bashful, diffident, modest, coy mean not inclined to be forward. shy implies a timid reserve and a shrinking from familiarity or contact with others.
    • shy with strangers
bashful implies a frightened or hesitant shyness characteristic of childhood and adolescence.
    • a bashful boy out on his first date
diffident stresses a distrust of one's own ability or opinion that causes hesitation in acting or speaking.
    • felt diffident about raising an objection
modest suggests absence of undue confidence or conceit.
    • modest about her success
coy implies a pretended shyness.
    • put off by her coy manner

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