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Main Entry: 1shy
Inflected Form(s): shi·eror shy·er /sh(-)r/; shi·estor shy·est /sh-st/ 1 a: easily frightened : TIMIDb: not feeling comfortable around people : not wanting or able to call attention to oneself 2: having less than a full or an expected amount or number <we were about ten dollars shy of our goal> - shy·lyadverb - shy·nessnoun synonymsSHY, BASHFUL, DIFFIDENT mean feeling awkward around others. SHY suggests not wanting to meet or talk with people either by habit or for special reasons <at the new school I was shy at first>. BASHFUL suggests being shy and afraid like a very young child <they were bashful and would hide when company came>. DIFFIDENT suggests not putting oneself forward because of a lack of self-confidence <in art class he was diffident about his work>.