Synonyms of shy in English

: shy1shy2

shy1


See definition of shy

adjective

1‘as a teenager I was painfully shy’

SYNONYMS

bashful, diffident, timid, sheepish, reserved, reticent, introverted, retiring, self-effacing, shrinking, withdrawn, timorous, mousy, fearful, apprehensive, nervous, hesitant, reluctant, doubting, insecure, wary, suspicious, chary, unconfident, inhibited, constrained, repressed, self-conscious, embarrassed, coy, demure, abashed, modest, humble, meek

ANTONYMS

bold, brash, confident


Synonyms of shy in English

: shy1shy2

shy2


See definition of shy

verb

1‘they began shying stones at him’

SYNONYMS

throw, toss, fling, hurl, cast, lob, launch, flip, pitch, dash, aim, direct, propel, bowl

informal chuck, heave, sling, buzz, whang, bung

North American informal peg

Australian informal hoy

NZ informal bish


Phrases

    shy away from

      ‘don't shy away from saying what you think’

      SYNONYMS

      flinch, demur, recoil, hang back

      have scruples about, scruple about, have misgivings about, have qualms about, be averse to, be chary of, not be in favour of, be against, be opposed to, be diffident about, be bashful about, be shy about, fight shy of, be coy about

      be loath to, scruple to, be reluctant to, be unwilling to, be disinclined to, not be in the mood to, be indisposed to, be sorry to, be slow to, be hesitant to, be ashamed to, be afraid to, hesitate to, hate to, not like to, not have the heart to, drag one's feet over, drag one's heels over, waver about, vacillate about, think twice about, baulk at, quail at, mind doing something

      informal

      be cagey about, boggle at

      archaic

      disrelish

      Variant spelling shy