From Middle English shy (“shy”), from Old English sċēoh (“shy”), from Proto-Germanic *skeuhaz (“shy, fearful”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian skjou (“shy”), Dutch schuw (“shy”), German scheu (“shy”), Danish sky (“shy”).
shy (comparative shier or shyer or more shy, superlative shiest or shyest or most shy)
- Easily frightened; timid.
- Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.
- Cautious; wary; suspicious.
- (informal) Short, insufficient or less than.
- Embarrassed. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
shy (third-person singular simple present shies, present participle shying, simple past and past participle shied)
- (intransitive) To avoid due to timidness or caution.
- (intransitive) To jump back in fear.
- (transitive) to throw sideways with a jerk; to fling
shy (plural shies)
- An act of throwing.
- A place for throwing.
- A sudden start aside, as by a horse.
- In the Eton College wall game, a point scored by lifting the ball against the wall in the calx.