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Another word for shy

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Adjective
  1. Not forward but reticent or reserved in manner

    See also:

    restraint

  2. Not enough to meet a demand or requirement

Verb
  1. To draw away involuntarily, usually out of fear or disgust

      1. To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch.
      2. A shrinking or startled movement or gesture.
      1. To begin a movement, activity, or undertaking:
      2. To move on the initial part of a journey:
      3. To have a beginning; commence:
      1. To become or appear to become smaller:
      2. To become smaller from exposure to heat, moisture, or cold:
      3. To become reduced in amount or value; dwindle:
      1. To spring back, as upon firing.
      2. To shrink back, as in fear or repugnance.
      3. To fall back; return:
      1. Any of various primarily ground-dwelling birds of the genus Coturnix, especially C. coturnix, small in size and having mottled brown plumage and a short tail.
      2. Any of various similar or related birds of the Americas, such as the bobwhite or the California quail.
      1. To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain.
      2. To recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink.
      3. An act or instance of starting, wincing, or recoiling.
      1. To shrink back, as in fear; cower.
      2. To behave in a servile way; fawn.
      3. An act or instance of cringing.
      1. To draw back or shy away, as from fear; flinch.
  2. To send through the air with a motion of the hand or arm

      1. A rapid, persistent chemical change that releases heat and light and is accompanied by flame, especially the exothermic oxidation of a combustible substance:
      2. A specific instance of this change that destroys something:
      3. A burning fuel:
      1. To throw lightly or casually or with a sudden jerk:
      2. To throw or propel upward:
      3. To throw or propel to the ground:
      1. To propel through the air with a motion of the hand or arm.
      2. To propel or discharge into the air by any means:
      3. To cause to move with great force or speed; propel or displace:
      1. A weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a stone is whirled and then let fly.
      2. A slingshot.
      3. A band suspended from the neck to support an injured arm or hand.
      1. To hit, wound, or kill with a missile fired from a weapon.
      2. To remove or destroy by firing or projecting a missile:
      3. To make (a hole, for example) by firing a weapon.
      1. 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.
      2. Any of various natural bitumens, such as mineral pitch or asphalt.
      3. A resin derived from the sap of various coniferous trees, as the pines.
      1. To throw or propel with force; hurl:
      2. To set or thrust (a self-propelled craft or projectile) in motion:
      3. To put (a boat) into the water in readiness for use.
      1. To move with or as if with great speed:
      2. To fling with great force; hurl.
      1. To throw with great force; fling.
      2. To cause to move with great force or violence:
      3. To send with great vigor; thrust:
      1. To raise or lift, especially with great effort or force:
      2. To throw (a heavy object) with great effort; hurl:
      3. To throw or toss:
      1. To throw with violence:
      2. To put or send suddenly or unexpectedly:
      3. To engage (oneself) in an activity with abandon and energy.
      1. To move with haste; rush:
      2. To strike violently; smash:
      3. To break or smash by striking violently:
      1. A slender, pointed missile, often having tail fins, thrown by hand, shot from a blowgun, or expelled by an exploding bomb.
      2. A game in which such missiles are thrown at a target.
      3. An object likened to such a missile.
      1. To throw (something, especially something light):
      2. To throw with force; hurl:
      3. To throw or propel a lure or bait at the end of (a fishing line) into the water so as to catch fish or other aquatic life.
    See also:

    move

Noun
  1. An act of throwing

      1. To throw lightly or casually or with a sudden jerk:
      2. To throw or propel upward:
      3. To throw or propel to the ground:
      1. To propel through the air with a motion of the hand or arm.
      2. To propel or discharge into the air by any means:
      3. To cause to move with great force or speed; propel or displace:
      1. A weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a stone is whirled and then let fly.
      2. A slingshot.
      3. A band suspended from the neck to support an injured arm or hand.
      1. 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.
      2. Any of various natural bitumens, such as mineral pitch or asphalt.
      3. A resin derived from the sap of various coniferous trees, as the pines.
      1. To throw or propel with force; hurl:
      2. To set or thrust (a self-propelled craft or projectile) in motion:
      3. To put (a boat) into the water in readiness for use.
      1. To throw with great force; fling.
      2. To cause to move with great force or violence:
      3. To send with great vigor; thrust:
      1. To raise or lift, especially with great effort or force:
      2. To throw (a heavy object) with great effort; hurl:
      3. To throw or toss:
      1. To throw with violence:
      2. To put or send suddenly or unexpectedly:
      3. To engage (oneself) in an activity with abandon and energy.
      1. To throw (something, especially something light):
      2. To throw with force; hurl:
      3. To throw or propel a lure or bait at the end of (a fishing line) into the water so as to catch fish or other aquatic life.
    See also:

    move

Another word for shy

Modifier
  1. See also:

    humble

Idioms:

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