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Definition 1: a quick throw - [noun denoting act]

Samples where shy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman

(shy is a kind of ...) the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

"the catcher made a good throw to second base"

Definition 2: throw quickly - [verb of contact]

(shy is a kind of ...) propel through the air

"throw a frisbee"

Definition 3: start suddenly, as from fright - [verb of motion]

(shy is a kind of ...) move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

"She startled when I walked into the room"

Definition 4: lacking self-confidence - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where shy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • stood in the doorway diffident and abashed
  • problems that call for bold not timid responses
  • a very unsure young man

Synonyms for shy in the sense of this definition

(... are attributes of shy) a feeling of trust (in someone or something)

"I have confidence in our team" "confidence is always borrowed, never owned"

Definition 5: short - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where shy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • eleven is one shy of a dozen

(shy is similar to ...) of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

"insufficient funds"

(shy is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 6: wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where shy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • shy of strangers

(shy is similar to ...) marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

"they were wary in their movements" "a wary glance at the black clouds" "taught to be wary of strangers"

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