Still, she does not know for sure if her mother has read the novel: “I was too shy to ask her if she liked it.”
Her head—hair dyed black in a jagged cut—is down, like a shy child.
A critic should not balk at savaging what is bad just as he does not shy from praising what is good.
When Tonie Tobias started at Delta in 1996 she was shy and closeted.
They are professionals, and they do not shy away from controversy.
She is shy, the dear creature, and has not one word of English.
Of course the first investment is the most dangerous gamble, and that's why everybody is shy.
Make him rather pwoper and stiff and shy, and let him blush sometimes.
One of the dancers crossed his way and caused the horse to shy.
But he was shy of talking to her in the presence of Lady Mabel and his father.
late Old English sceoh "timid, easily startled," from Proto-Germanic *skeukh(w)az "afraid" (cf. Middle Low German schüwe, Dutch schuw, German scheu "shy;" Old High German sciuhen, German scheuchen "to scare away"). Uncertain cognates outside Germanic, unless in Old Church Slavonic shchuti "to hunt, incite." Italian schivare "to avoid," Old French eschiver "to shun" are Germanic loan-words. Meaning "lacking, short of" is from 1895, American English gambling slang. Related: Shyly; shyness.
"to throw (a missile) with a jerk or toss," 1787, colloquial, of unknown origin and uncertain connection to shy (adj.). Related: Shied; shying.
"to recoil," 1640s, from shy (adj.). Related: Shied; shying.