shy[ shahy ]SEE DEFINITION OF shy
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Sallie, he knew, was a friend of the shy, golden-haired sister.
He was a sensitive man, and did not realize that others were sometimes as shy as himself.
Such, in truth, was too often the habit of the shy and musing girl.
Frederica looked so shy, so confused, when we entered the room, that I felt for her exceedingly.
Her lids had dropped; she looked very slim, and young, and shy.
At this sound and this sight, my horse, that was shy, backed a little.
I had half a mind to try my hand at a visit; but felt too shy, and too much afraid.
He seemed to have a wild, shy look, like the offspring of an untamed, animal.
She gave me a shy smile and a low-voiced greeting as we passed.
"I didn't understand, you know," she told him with a slow, shy smile.
late Old English sceoh "timid, easily startled," from Proto-Germanic *skeukh(w)az "afraid" (cf. Middle Low German schüwe, Dutch schuw, German scheu "shy;" Old High German sciuhen, German scheuchen "to scare away"). Uncertain cognates outside Germanic, unless in Old Church Slavonic shchuti "to hunt, incite." Italian schivare "to avoid," Old French eschiver "to shun" are Germanic loan-words. Meaning "lacking, short of" is from 1895, American English gambling slang. Related: Shyly; shyness.
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