gun-shy

[ guhn-shahy ]
/ ˈgʌnˌʃaɪ /

adjective

frightened by the sound of a gunshot: a gun-shy bird dog.
hesitant, wary, or distrustful, especially because of previous unpleasant experience.

Origin of gun-shy

First recorded in 1880–85

OTHER WORDS FROM gun-shy

gun-shy·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gun-shy

gun-shy

adjective

afraid of a gun or the sound it makesa gun-shy dog is useless for shooting
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