But Thea had insisted; so they came—clothed chiefly in shyness and gratitude, which made them shyer than ever.
Only now her trouble was different and greater, making her shyer and more reticent.
He equals him in size and probably in strength, but in the presence of man he is shyer and even timid.
He was shyer than ever of addressing the ladies in those parties he was obliged to attend.
Her grandson is so attentive to it, that Rosa is shyer than ever—and prettier.
shyer at some moments than at others, she felt just now no courage at all to join this company.
I hope not a large assembly: for I get shyer and shyer even of those I knew.
The drumming grouse is not shyer of exhibiting his performance.
Only the trout, that see a myriad of artificial flies, are shyer than of yore.
Her grandson is so attentive to it that Rosa is shyer than ever—and prettier.
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.