Synonyms of shy in English:



  • as a teenager I was painfully shy
    bashful, diffident, timid, sheepish, reserved, reticent, introverted, retiring, self-effacing, shrinking, withdrawn, timorous, mousy, fearful, apprehensive, nervous, hesitant, reluctant, doubting, insecure, wary, suspicious, chary, unconfident, inhibited, constrained, repressed, self-conscious, embarrassed, coy, demure, abashed, modest, humble, meek
    [Antonyms] bold brash confident
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    shy away from

    don't shy away from saying what you thinkflinchdemurrecoilhang backhave scruples aboutscruple abouthave misgivings abouthave qualms aboutbe averse tobe chary ofnot be in favour ofbe againstbe opposed tobe diffident aboutbe bashful aboutbe shy aboutfight shy ofbe coy aboutbe loath toscruple tobe reluctant tobe unwilling tobe disinclined tonot be in the mood tobe indisposed tobe sorry tobe slow tobe hesitant tobe ashamed tobe afraid tohesitate tohate tonot like tonot have the heart todrag one's feet/heels overwaver aboutvacillate aboutthink twice aboutbaulk atquail atmind doing something informalbe cagey aboutboggle at archaicdisrelish

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    shy, bashful, diffident, timid
    A shy person lacks confidence and is uncertain how to behave or what to say in the presence of other people ( the British are supposed to be a staid, shy, retiring lot | I was inordinately shy of girls). Shy is also used of people who try to avoid someone or something about which they feel uneasy ( people can be very shy about giving compliments | small investors remained shy of the stock market).Bashful denotes a nervous reluctance to draw attention to oneself ( many men are bashful about discussing their feelings out in the open). The word can have a faintly old-fashioned or humorous tinge to it.Diffident describes someone who is so modest or hesitant that they have difficulty in putting themselves forward ( ‘Aren't you Sergei Rozanov?’ she enquired in a soft, diffident voice | he was very diffident about working with classical actors).Timid means ‘lacking normal confidence or courage’. It stems from fear, resulting in excessive nervousness in the presence of others ( I was too timid to ask for what I wanted | she gave him a timid smile). It can also imply an unwillingness to take risks; thus a timid action is often inadequate, half-hearted, or piecemeal ( the history of the UN's peacekeeping operations shows what can go wrong when timid measures are tried).

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    Pronunciation: ˌhɪpnə(ʊ)ˈpɒmpɪk
    relating to the state immediately preceding waking up

    Synonyms of shy in English:



  • they began shying stones at him
    throw, toss, fling, hurl, cast, lob, launch, flip, pitch, dash, aim, direct, propel, bowl
    informal chuck, heave, sling, buzz, whang, bung
    North American informal peg
    Australian informal hoy
    New Zealand informal bish
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