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Synonyms for shyʃaɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shy(adj)

    a quick throw

    "he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"

    Antonyms:
    sufficient, unwary

  2. diffident, shy, timid, unsure(adj)

    lacking self-confidence

    "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man"

    Synonyms:
    diffident, faint, shy(p), fainthearted, faint-hearted, timid, uncertain, shy, unsure, incertain

    Antonyms:
    sufficient, unwary

  3. shy(p)(adj)

    short

    "eleven is one shy of a dozen"

    Antonyms:
    sufficient, unwary

  4. shy(verb)

    wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things

    "shy of strangers"

    Synonyms:
    shy(p), timid, diffident, unsure

    Antonyms:
    unwary, sufficient

  5. shy(verb)

    start suddenly, as from fright

    Antonyms:
    unwary, sufficient

  6. shy(verb)

    throw quickly

    Antonyms:
    unwary, sufficient

Wiktionary

  1. shy(noun)

    Antonyms:
    brazen, bold, audacious

  2. shy(noun)

    Easily frightened; timid.

    Antonyms:
    bold, audacious, brazen

  3. shy(verb)

    Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.

    Antonyms:
    brazen, audacious, bold

  4. shy(adjective)

    Cautious; wary; suspicious.

    Antonyms:
    brazen, audacious, bold

  5. shy(adjective)

    Short, insufficient or less than.

    Antonyms:
    audacious, bold, brazen

  6. shy(adjective)

    Embarrassed.

    Antonyms:
    brazen, bold, audacious

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shy

    Synonyms:
    modest, reserved, retiring, unassuming, unobtrusive

    Antonyms:
    impertinent, intrusive, meddlesome, meddling, obtrusive, officious

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shy(a.)

    Synonyms:
    coy, reserved, bashful, diffident, timid, sheepish, shame-faced, over-modest

  2. shy(a.)

    Synonyms:
    cautious, wary, heedful, chary

  3. shy(n.)

    Synonyms:
    sudden start (as of a horse)

  4. shy(n.)

    Synonyms:
    [Colloquial.] fling, throw

  5. shy(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    fling, throw, jerk, cast, toss, hurl, FLIRT, chuck, pitch, sling

  6. shy(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    sheer, start aside

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

timid, bashful, self-conscious, coy, embarrassed, half-hearted, tentative


Translations for shy

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مورط, خجول, خجلArabic
  • vergonyósCatalan, Valencian
  • plachý, hodit sebou, uskočit, mrštit sebou, opatrný, praštit sebou, odměřenýCzech
  • kast, smide, kasteDanish
  • schüchtern, scheu, verlegenGerman
  • ντροπαλόςGreek
  • tímido, lanzar, reservado, vergonzosoSpanish
  • خجالتیPersian
  • vajaa, heitto, ujo, nolo, arka, heittopaikka, kavahtaa, säikkyä, varovainen, heittääFinnish
  • embarrassé, prudent, timide, apeuréFrench
  • faitaghManx
  • félénkHungarian
  • feiminnIcelandic
  • adombrarsi, timidoItalian
  • ביישןHebrew
  • 恥ずかしい, 弱気, 慎重, 引っ込み思案, 恥ずかしがり屋, 寡黙Japanese
  • timidus, verecundus, pavidus, timidos agitabisLatin
  • beschroomd, gooiplek, verlegen, klein, aangooi, timide, gooien, voorzichtig, terugspringen, weggooien, verstandig, werpen, bedeesd, worp, gereserveerd, schuchter, gooiplaats, schroomvalligDutch
  • sjenertNorwegian
  • nieśmiałyPolish
  • medroso, avergonhado, arremesso, assustado, envergonhado, lance, tímido, reservado, cuidadoso, lançamento, pávidoPortuguese
  • робкий, нерешительный, смущённый, пугливый, застенчивый, стыдливый, растерянный, стеснительный, осторожныйRussian
  • வெட்கப்படவில்லைTamil
  • utangaçTurkish
  • شرمیلیUrdu
  • 害羞Chinese

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