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Shy

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shy \Shy\ (sh[imac]), adjective [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. --Swift.

2. Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach.

What makes you so shy, my good friend? There's nobody loves you better than I. --Arbuthnot.

The embarrassed look of shy distress And maidenly shamefacedness. --Wordsworth.

3. Cautious; wary; suspicious.

I am very shy of using corrosive liquors in the preparation of medicines. --Boyle.

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] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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] [PJC]

{To fight shy}. See under {Fight}, verb (used without an object)

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shy \Shy\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Shied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shying}.] [From {Shy}, adjective] To start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; -- said especially of horses.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shy \Shy\, verb (used with an object) To throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone; to shy a slipper. --T. Hughes.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shy \Shy\, noun

1. A sudden start aside, as by a horse.

2. A side throw; a throw; a fling. --Thackeray.

If Lord Brougham gets a stone in his hand, he must, it seems, have a shy at somebody. --Punch.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

shy

adjective

1: 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}, {shy}, {timid}, {unsure}] [ant: {confident}]

2: short; "eleven is one shy of a dozen"

3: wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things; "shy of strangers"

noun

1: a quick throw; "he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"

verb

1: start suddenly, as from fright

2: throw quickly

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