Definition of camera-shy in US English:



  • Reluctant to be photographed or filmed.

    ‘he's a little camera-shy’
    • ‘He has gained behind-the-scenes access to Howard, who has, previously, been notably camera-shy.’
    • ‘Never known for being camera shy in the past, he was conspicuously absent from the world's television screens.’
    • ‘Normally camera-shy, in this particular case there's enough distance between now and then for me to hope that I would be able to see myself sixteen years ago at the tender age of twenty, when my life was so different.’
    • ‘No one knows why Lewis, who has been photographed on numerous occasions from that particular spot, on the tennis court suddenly became camera-shy.’
    • ‘A large contingent of journalists eager to get their first look at Max the gorilla's younger—and leaner—successor, greedily snapped photos of the camera-shy gorilla.’
    • ‘In other respects, he is famously reticent, adverse to showmanship and actually something of a camera-shy recluse.’
    • ‘I tried to get some shots of him but he was in one of his camera-shy moods.’
    • ‘I was also very fond of visiting the villages around Mysore, where the people were camera-shy.’
    • ‘Why is he suddenly so camera-shy that CBS News must protect his identity and treat him as an anonymous source?’
    • ‘Pauline and David were great picture takers, invite them to a gathering and they were sure to bring their camera, much to the chagrin of the camera-shy.’
    • ‘Mrs Junior, while a bit camera-shy, has begun to show real promise as a political wife.’
    • ‘Colin's not usually camera-shy but he ducked and dodged our snappers every time he stood outside for a smoke until we finally caught him leaving by the side entrance.’
    • ‘Five years of fugitive living has made me a little camera-shy, so I'm wearing my best wig and dark glasses for the occasion.’
    • ‘From a 'camera-shy' young woman, she has soared like an eagle with fresh confidence and bounding enthusiasm.’
    • ‘You know, I'm really, incredibly camera shy, which is why you've only seen about two pictures of me in three years.’
    • ‘The miles of film footage, events, and press coverage of the Beatles, from early days to last, show four young men who were in no way camera-shy.’
    • ‘I know you're camera-shy, but it's the only photograph I have of this procedure—so you're drafted.’
    • ‘Sam's boyfriend also attended the event and the normally camera-shy couple looked very much in love.’
    • ‘For an outgoing person, she was camera-shy and preferred to stay out of the media where possible.’
    • ‘Just as we got escorted off the grounds by the channel's guards, out strolled the usually camera-shy singer flashing his new smile.’
    • ‘An insider describes him as "incredibly camera-shy and publicity-averse."’