Definition of shyness in US English:

shyness

noun

  • The quality or state of being shy.

    ‘gradually he overcame his natural shyness’
    • ‘She looked at each pupil without showing any hint of embarrassment or shyness.’
    • ‘Those who mistake the inborn shyness of English people for an impenetrable reserve should visit it.’
    • ‘It is quite a hard thing to force myself out of the reticence and sometime shyness that has shadowed me all this time.’
    • ‘Kurt has always been one of the nicest people I know, but for a long time he had some problems overcoming his shyness.’
    • ‘Lan shut his eyes tight, sinking his head down a little in embarrassment and shyness.’
    bashfulness, diffidence, sheepishness, reserve, reservedness, introversion, reticence, timidity, timidness, timorousness, fearfulness, nervousness, mousiness, apprehension, hesitancy, hesitation, reluctance, doubt, insecurity, wariness, suspicion, chariness, lack of confidence, inhibitedness, constraint, repression, self-effacement, self-consciousness, embarrassment, coyness, demureness, modesty, humility, meekness
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Pronunciation

shyness

/ˈʃaɪnəs//ˈSHīnəs/