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"

Related terms: unconfident
2. [ adjective ] easily startled or frightened
Related terms: timid
3. [ verb ] start suddenly, as from fight
Related terms: startle
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
Related terms: throw
7. [ adjective ] wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things

"shy of strangers"

Related terms: wary
8. [ noun ] (sport) a quick throw

"he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"

Related terms: throw
Similar spelling:   Shay