gun-shy

[guhn-shahy]
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adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. gun for,
  2. gun moll,
  3. gun room,
  4. gun tackle,
  5. gun-metal,
  6. gun-toting,
  7. gun.,
  8. guna,
  9. gunboat,
  10. gunboat diplomacy

Origin of gun-shy

First recorded in 1880–85

Related formsgun-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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Word Origin and History for gun-shy

gun-shy

adj.

1884, originally of sporting dogs, from gun (n.) + shy (adj.).

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