shy [1] ADJECTIVE (shyer, shyest) 1) nervous or timid in the company of other people. 2) (shy of/about) slow or reluctant to do. 3) (in combination ) having a specified dislike or aversion: camera-shy. 4) (shy of) informal less than; short of.
VERB (shies, shied) 1) (especially of a horse) start suddenly aside in fright. 2) (shy from) avoid through nervousness or lack of confidence.
DERIVATIVES shyly adverb shyness noun.
ORIGIN Old English.
shy [2] VERB (shies, shied) throw at a target.
NOUN (pl. shies) an act of shying.
ORIGIN of unknown origin.

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