|1.||[ adjective ] lacking self-confidence|
|Synonyms:||diffident unsure timid|
"stood in the doorway diffident and abashed" "problems that call for bold not timid responses" "a very unsure young man"
|2.||[ adjective ] easily startled or frightened|
|3.||[ verb ] start suddenly, as from fight|
|4.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 13408|
|5.||[ adjective ] (informal) short|
"eleven is one shy of a dozen"
|Related terms:||colloquialism insufficient|
|6.||[ verb ] throw quickly|
|7.||[ adjective ] wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things|
"shy of strangers"
|8.||[ noun ] (sport) a quick throw|
"he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"