shy - definition and synonyms

 
adjective 

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/ʃaɪ/
adjectiveshy
comparativeshier
superlativeshiest
  1. 1
    nervous and embarrassed in the company of other people, especially people who you do not know

    Archie was shy and awkward.

    I’d love to meet her but I’m too shy to introduce myself.

    1. a.
      shy behaviour shows that someone is nervous or not confident

      a shy grin

      He gave Joanna a quick shy glance.

  2. 2
    not willing to do or be involved in something because it makes you feel nervous or embarrassed
    shy about/of:

    He is very shy about singing in public.

derived words

shyly

adverb

Kevin and Ashley smiled shyly at each other.

shyness

 

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noun [uncountable]
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