There are 2 translations of shy in Spanish:

shy1

Pronunciation: /ʃaɪ/

adj (shyer, shyest)

  • 1 1.1 [person] tímido, vergonzoso; [smile] tímido; [animal] huraño, asustadizo I felt very shy in front of all those people me sentía cohibido delante de toda esa gente don't be shy no seas tímido, que no te dé vergüenza he's very shy with women es muy tímido con las mujeres he's shy about undressing le da vergüenza desnudarse don't be shy about asking me for money no debe darte vergüenza pedirme dinero 1.2 (wary, cautious) (pred)to be shy of -ing don't be shy of telling her what you think no tengas miedo de decirle lo que piensas I'd be shy of getting involved in that yo me cuidaría de meterme en eso, yo me lo pensaría dos veces antes de meterme en eso
  • 2 (lacking) (AmE) [colloquial/familiar] (pred, no comp) to be shy of sth we were shy of funds andábamos escasos or [familiar/colloquial] cortos de fondos he was four years shy of being eligible to retire le faltaban cuatro años para poder jubilarse she came up shy (of victory) by only a few votes no ganó por unos pocos votos, le faltaron unos pocos votos para ganar

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There are 2 translations of shy in Spanish:

shy2

(shies, shying, shied)

vi

  • respingar*, asustarse her horse shied when the gun went off/at the noise el caballo respingó al dispararse la pistola/al oír el ruido

Phrasal verbs

shy away

v + adv
to shy away (from sth) he tends to shy away from emotional involvement tiende a rehuir los compromisos sentimentales we mustn't shy away from making a decision no debemos tener miedo de tomar una decisión

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