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Showing or caused by timidity
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  1. Showing or caused by timidity
  2. Full of or subject to fear; timid
Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid:
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  1. Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid:
  2. Full of diffidence; lacking self-confidence; timid; shy
About to retire.
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  1. About to retire.
  2. That retires
  3. Shy and reserved; modest.
Timid, shy, and easily embarrassed
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  1. Timid, shy, and easily embarrassed
  2. Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.
  3. Shy, self-conscious, and awkward in the presence of others:
Quiet and humble in appearance, style, etc.; not pretentious
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  1. Quiet and humble in appearance, style, etc.; not pretentious
  2. Observing conventional proprieties in speech, behavior, or dress, especially in the avoidance of arousing sexual interest.
  3. Having or proceeding from a disinclination to call attention to oneself; retiring or diffident:
Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
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  1. Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
  2. Affectedly modest or shy; coy
  3. Decorous; modest; reserved
Done or arranged in a manner or order that is opposite to previous occurrence or normal use.
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  1. Done or arranged in a manner or order that is opposite to previous occurrence or normal use.
  2. (Of motion) Pertaining to the direction reverse of normal.
  3. (Of motion) Pertaining to the direction towards the back.
Timid, shy, and easily embarrassed
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  1. Timid, shy, and easily embarrassed
  2. Shy, self-conscious, and awkward in the presence of others:
  3. Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.
(Obs.) Quiet; silent
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  1. (Obs.) Quiet; silent
  2. Affectedly and often flirtatiously shy or modest:
  3. Affecting innocence or shyness, esp. in a playful or coquettish manner
Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
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  1. Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
  2. Affectedly modest or shy; coy
  3. Decorous; modest; reserved
Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid:
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  1. Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid:
  2. Full of diffidence; lacking self-confidence; timid; shy
Having or showing a moderate estimation of one's own abilities, accomplishments, or value:
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  1. Having or showing a moderate estimation of one's own abilities, accomplishments, or value:
  2. Observing conventional proprieties in speech, behavior, or dress, especially in the avoidance of arousing sexual interest.
  3. Having or proceeding from a disinclination to call attention to oneself; retiring or diffident:
About to retire.
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  1. About to retire.
  2. Drawing back from contact with others, from publicity, etc.; reserved; shy
  3. Shy and reserved; modest.
Not drawing attention to oneself; modest.
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  1. Not drawing attention to oneself; modest.
  2. Shy, extremely humble and modest; making oneself seem unnoticeable.
Lacking self-confidence; shy.
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  1. Lacking self-confidence; shy.
  2. Easily frightened; lacking self-confidence; shy; timorous
  3. Showing fear or lack of self-confidence; hesitant
Lacking an essential quality or element:
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  1. Lacking an essential quality or element:
  2. Inadequate in amount or degree; insufficient:
  3. Inadequate in amount, quality, or degree; not sufficient
Not adequate to fulfill a need or meet a requirement; insufficient.
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  1. Not adequate to fulfill a need or meet a requirement; insufficient.
  2. Not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient; deficient; as, inadequate resources, power, conceptions, representations, etc.
  3. Not adequate; not sufficient; not equal to what is required
Not sufficient; inadequate.
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  1. Not sufficient; inadequate.
  2. Not sufficient; not enough; inadequate
Not common; rarely seen
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  1. Not common; rarely seen
  2. Not plentiful; not sufficient to meet the demand; hard to get
  3. Insufficient to meet a demand or requirement; short in supply:
Containing a large amount of shortening; flaky:
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  1. Containing a large amount of shortening; flaky:
  2. Extending or traveling not far or not far enough:
  3. (--- popularly) Not diphthongized [the short a in “pan”]
Located or situated on a lower level or beneath something else:
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  1. Located or situated on a lower level or beneath something else:
  2. Less than is required or customary:
  3. Lower in position, authority, rank, amount, degree, etc.
Absent; lacking; missing
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  1. Absent; lacking; missing
  2. Absent; lacking:
  3. Not measuring up to standards or expectations:
(Obsolete) To blanch.
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  1. (Obsolete) To blanch.
  2. (Chiefly Dial., Brit.) To make or become pale; whiten; bleach
  3. To draw back or shy away, as from fear; flinch.
To act in a timid, servile manner; fawn
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  1. To act in a timid, servile manner; fawn
  2. To behave in a servile way; fawn.
  3. To draw back, bend, crouch, etc., as when afraid; shrink from something dangerous or painful
To recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink.
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  1. To recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink.
  2. To let the foot slip from a ball, when attempting to give a tight croquet.
  3. To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain.
To draw back in fear; lose heart or courage; cower
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  1. To draw back in fear; lose heart or courage; cower
To fall back; return:
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  1. To fall back; return:
To become reduced in amount or value; dwindle:
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  1. To become reduced in amount or value; dwindle:
  2. To show reluctance; hesitate:
  3. To hold back, as from taking action; hesitate or recoil
(Now Chiefly Dial.) To cause to start, or move involuntarily; startle
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  1. (Now Chiefly Dial.) To cause to start, or move involuntarily; startle
  2. To found; establish:
  3. To set into motion, operation, or activity:
To shrink or draw back slightly, usually with a grimace, as in pain, embarrassment, alarm, etc.
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  1. To shrink or draw back slightly, usually with a grimace, as in pain, embarrassment, alarm, etc.
  2. To wash (cloth), dip it in dye, etc., with the use of a wince.
  3. To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch.
To let fall; drop:
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  1. To let fall; drop:
  2. To give birth to prematurely:
  3. To calculate astrologically:
To throw, shoot, or send out suddenly and fast
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  1. To throw, shoot, or send out suddenly and fast
  2. To cast (a look or the eyes) suddenly and rapidly in a direction.
  3. (--- Archaic) To throw or cast (a dart or missile).
To drink hastily. Often used with down :
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  1. To drink hastily. Often used with down :
  2. To throw, knock, or thrust
  3. To throw so as to break; smash
To move suddenly and violently; rush; dash
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  1. To move suddenly and violently; rush; dash
  2. To throw (oneself) energetically (into a task)
  3. To throw, esp. with force or violence; hurl; cast
(Naut.) To raise, haul, pull, move, etc. by pulling with a rope or cable
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  1. (Naut.) To raise, haul, pull, move, etc. by pulling with a rope or cable
  2. To lift in this way and throw or cast
  3. To throw
To cause to move with great force or violence:
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  1. To cause to move with great force or violence:
  2. To move with force or violence; rush
  3. To cast down; overthrow
To move with or as if with great speed:
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  1. To move with or as if with great speed:
(Nautical) To put (a boat) into the water in readiness for use.
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  1. (Nautical) To put (a boat) into the water in readiness for use.
  2. To cause (a newly built vessel) to slide from the land into the water; set afloat
  3. To throw oneself (into) with vigor; rush; plunge
To throw, usually with careful aim.
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  1. To throw, usually with careful aim.
  2. (Baseball) To throw (the ball) from the mound to the batter.
  3. To throw; cast, fling, or toss
To send forth (a missile or projectile); discharge or fire (a bullet, arrow, etc.)
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  1. To send forth (a missile or projectile); discharge or fire (a bullet, arrow, etc.)
  2. To discharge or fire (a gun, bow, charge of explosive, etc.)
  3. To cast (an anchor, fish net, etc.)
To throw or fling:
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  1. To throw or fling:
  2. To throw (stones, etc.) with a sling
  3. To throw, cast, fling, or hurl
To cause to fly through the air by releasing from the hand while the arm is in rapid motion; cast; hurl
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  1. To cause to fly through the air by releasing from the hand while the arm is in rapid motion; cast; hurl
  2. To direct, cast, turn, project, etc.
  3. To cast off; shed
To be flung to and fro; be thrown about or pitched about
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  1. To be flung to and fro; be thrown about or pitched about
  2. To throw or propel to the ground:
  3. To throw or pitch about; fling here and there; buffet
To bake or dry by heating, as in a kiln:
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  1. To bake or dry by heating, as in a kiln:
  2. To become ignited; flame up:
  3. (--- Informal) To throw or propel with force and speed:
Outward form or look; appearance:
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  1. Outward form or look; appearance:
  2. Something formed by this means or in a mold or matrix:
  3. Sort; type:
(Informal) A usually brief attempt or effort:
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  1. (Informal) A usually brief attempt or effort:
  2. A brief time of unrestrained pleasures or dissipation
  3. (Informal) A trial effort; try
An upward displacement of soil, rocks, etc., usually caused by frost or moisture
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  1. An upward displacement of soil, rocks, etc., usually caused by frost or moisture
  2. An act of hurling; a throw, especially when considered in terms of distance:
  3. A throw
A hurling
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(Nautical) An open boat of any size powered by steam, naphtha, electricity, or the like. (Compare Spanish lancha.)
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  1. (Nautical) An open boat of any size powered by steam, naphtha, electricity, or the like. (Compare Spanish lancha.)
  2. (Nautical) The boat of the largest size and/or of most importance belonging to a ship of war, and often called the "captain's boat" or "captain's launch".
  3. The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built. (Compare: to splash a ship.)
A level or degree, as of intensity:
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  1. A level or degree, as of intensity:
  2. Any of various thick, dark, sticky substances obtained from the distillation residue of coal tar, wood tar, or petroleum and used for waterproofing, roofing, caulking, and paving.
  3. A throw, fling, toss, etc.
A looped or hanging band, strap, etc. used in raising and lowering a heavy object or for carrying, supporting, or steadying something
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  1. A looped or hanging band, strap, etc. used in raising and lowering a heavy object or for carrying, supporting, or steadying something
  2. A primitive instrument for throwing stones, etc., consisting of a piece of leather tied to cords that are whirled by hand for releasing the missile
  3. The act of throwing with or as with a sling; cast; throw; fling
(Sports) The act of throwing or a technique used to throw an opponent in wrestling or the martial arts.
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  1. (Sports) The act of throwing or a technique used to throw an opponent in wrestling or the martial arts.
  2. The action of a person who throws; a cast
  3. (Games) A roll or cast of dice.
The act of tossing something:
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  1. The act of tossing something:
  2. A flipping of a coin to decide an issue:
  3. A tossing or being tossed; a throw, fling, pitch, etc.

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
Find another word for shy. In this page you can discover 61 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for shy, like: timorous, diffident, humble, retiring, bashful, modest, demure, backward, bashful, coy and demure.