Shy synonyms

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Timid, shy, and easily embarrassed
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Having or showing a consciousness of one's defects or shortcomings; not overly proud; not self-assertive; modest
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The definition of restrained is someone or something that is held back, reserved or subtle.
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Having or showing a moderate estimation of one's own abilities, accomplishments, or value:
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Full of or subject to fear; timid
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Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
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Protected from, cut off from, or impervious to outside influences
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Easily frightened; lacking self-confidence; shy; timorous
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Lacking confidence in one's self; distrustful of one's own powers; not self-reliant; timid; modest; bashful; characterized by modest reserve.
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Not sufficient; not enough; inadequate
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Drawing back from contact with others, from publicity, etc.; reserved; shy
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Behind others in progress or development:
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Showing or practicing caution; careful.
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The definition of chary is a person who does not take chances or is not very giving.
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Careful to consider all related circumstances before acting, judging, or deciding
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Compelled; forced; obliged
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Reluctant to give details about something sensitive; notably prudish.
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Feeling or showing doubt.
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Causing or capable of causing fear; frightening:
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Hesitating or undecided; vacillating; doubtful
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Not perfect; not thorough
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The definition of introverted is someone who is shy, quiet and who is interested in their own thoughts.
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The definition of meek is someone or something that does not have force or someone who is willing to give into others.
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Of or relating to the nerves or nervous system:
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The definition of pavid is afraid or timid.
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Seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation.
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Opposed in mind (to do something); unwilling; disinclined
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Designated as unavailable except for a certain purpose or user; kept in reserve:
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The definition of reticent is inclined to not speak or restrained or quiet in style.
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Not drawing attention to oneself; modest.
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Extremely modest or shy; bashful.
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Meek or stupid.
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Containing a large amount of shortening; flaky:
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The definition of skittish is jumpy or easy to frighten.
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Existing, living, or going without others; alone:
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Showing or expressing suspicion
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Silent; temperamentally untalkative; disinclined to speak.
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Uncertain; subject to future change.
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The definition of tremulous is quivering, timid or nervous.
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Not assuming, pretentious, or forward; modest; retiring
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Not demonstrative; giving little outward expression of feeling; restrained; reserved
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The quality or property of being bashful; shyness; reserve; timidity.
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The property of being coy.
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The quality or state of being diffident; timidity or shyness.
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The quality of being shy; a fear of social interactions.
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(Intransitive) To shrink; start back; give way; flinch; turn aside or fly off.
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(Archaic) To delay.
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To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain.
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To draw back in fear; lose heart or courage; cower
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quiet and self-conscious
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Not adequate to fulfill a need or meet a requirement; insufficient.
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Cut off from the public view; hidden, intimate, etc.
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Possessing adequate talents or accomplishments; of competent power or ability; qualified; fit.
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Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition lawfully and physically sufficient.
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As much or as many as necessary, desirable, or tolerable; sufficient
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Clear and distinct to the eye; conspicuous:
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Brittle:
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The definition of confident is to be certain about something or feeling sure of yourself and your abilities.
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Characterized by interest in and behavior directed toward others or the environment rather than oneself; gregarious or outgoing.
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Feeling or showing no remorse, shame, or embarrassment:
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Not held back for a particular person:
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Lacking something essential; often construed with in.
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The definition of scarce is a situation where there is too little of something or where something exists only in very small numbers.
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Located or situated on a lower level or beneath something else:
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Not measuring up to standards or expectations:
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To draw back, bend, crouch, etc., as when afraid; shrink from something dangerous or painful
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(Intransitive, now rare) To retreat before an opponent. [from 14th c.]
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To become reduced in amount or value; dwindle:
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Start is defined as to begin, set out to appear or to move suddenly.
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To shrink or draw back slightly, usually with a grimace, as in pain, embarrassment, alarm, etc.
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To throw with force; hurl:
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To throw with a sudden effort or thrust, as a dart or other missile weapon; to hurl or launch.
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To throw so as to break; smash
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(Intransitive, archaic) To throw; to wince; to flounce.
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(Nautical) To move in a certain direction or to a specified position:
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To cast down; overthrow
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The definition of hurtle is to move very quickly, or to throw with great force.
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To launch is defined as to set something in motion, to start something or to forcefully throw something.
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To discharge or fire (a gun, bow, charge of explosive, etc.)
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To move by means of a sling; raise or lower in a sling:
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To move (a lever or switch) in order to activate, deactivate, or control a device.
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To move or go impatiently, angrily, or disdainfully, as with a toss of the head
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To supply with fuel; tend the fire of
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Not forward but reticent or reserved in manner
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Filled up; brimming over:
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More than is normal, necessary or specified.
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To come near to in place, time, character, or value; to draw nearer to.
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To try; endeavor:
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To change posture or position; stir:
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Precarious; unstable; unreliable.
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Synonym Study

  • Demure , in current usage, suggests a decorously modest manner, often one that is affectedly so
  • Modest implies a reserved, unassuming manner in one who, because of ability, achievements, etc. might be expected to assert himself or herself strongly and often suggests moderation in behavior, speech, dress, etc.
  • Diffident implies a lack of self-confidence that makes one reluctant to assert oneself
  • Bashful implies such shyness as is displayed in awkward behavior and embarrassed timidity
  • Shy implies a shrinking from the notice of others and a reticence in approaching them
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