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shy 1

American English: /ʃaɪ/
British English: /ʃʌɪ/

adjective shyer, shyest

  • 1 1.1
    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
    Example sentences
    • Jayalalitha, a once shy, timid, tiny introvert, was so outstanding in her studies that her portrait hangs in her school as a star alumnus with academic excellence as her only passion.
    • His smile is shy, almost gentle, and his eyes dart nervously around him.
    • I've gone from being shy and timid, to being quietly confident and assured.
    Example sentences
    • The Department of Conservation has been on the hunt for our national icon in the Western Bay since November - but so far the shy birds have remained out of reach.
    • The shy birds were reluctant to cache when observed and often made fake deposits.
    • Build a brush pile near your feeder to make sparrows, towhees, and other shy birds feel more at home, but be sure it won't harbor roaming cats.
    1.2 (wary, cautious) (predicative) to be shy of -ingdon'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
    Example sentences
    • I wanted to take things slow, and was shy about being intimate.
    • She has never been shy of expressing her feminist opinions.
  • 2 (lacking) (US) [colloquial] (predicative, no comparative) to be shy of somethingwe were shy of funds
    andábamos escasos de fondos
    andábamos cortos de fondos [colloquial]
    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

intransitive verb shies, shying, shied

  • respingar
    her horse shied when the gun went off/at the noise
    el caballo respingó al dispararse la pistola/al oír el ruido
    Example sentences
    • His horse shied to the right, making room on the path for the newcomer.
    • Hoss jumped, and the horse shied, the twin jolts coming together in the agony of his jawbone.
    • But the white horse shied away from her, his wild eyes showing their whites, ears laid back in fear.

Phrasal verbs

shy away

verb + adverb
to shy away (from something)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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shy 2

American English: /ʃaɪ/
British English: /ʃʌɪ/
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