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adverb as in fearfully

adverb as in hesitantly

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New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton has never been shy about his enthusiasm for quarterback Taysom Hill ever since he plucked the then-rookie off the preseason waiver wire in 2017.

Now 200 shy of the goal, Ames felt confident the charitable momentum that had carried the drive this far would make up the difference before the giveaway next week.

Nestled between stalk and branch, each sprout grows to between half an inch and just shy of two inches in diameter.

The one that I flew more than the rest, I feel like I love just shy behind my family.

A slender, shy boy with an easy smile, Garcia didn’t like to imagine his future in Guatemala.

Eventually, though, some clever person shyly pipes up: “You know, keep one eye on John Kasich.”

We start slowly, shyly, and awkwardly just like most teenagers discovering the birds and the bees.

Also, after Pearl Harbor and Bataan, it usually shyly follows America's lead in international affairs.

When she goes home to her school in India, she says, the kids shyly approach and shake her hand.

Another student, in a blue sweater-vest, shyly waited his turn.

“I am sure my mother will be glad to meet you and hear all about those old days at Lucknow,” she said shyly.

Then after a little pause, she added shyly: "You really think a great deal of—of Allen's ability, don't you, Mother?"

Annie had hardly retired, when—a little shyly—the boys entered, uncertain of their reception.

He fell asleep, and soon and slowly and ever so dimly the opal light of the prairie dawn crept shyly over the landscape.

"I received a letter from him two days ago, as I was leaving Brereton's," answered Marius half shyly.


On this page you'll find 33 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to shyly, such as: nervously, timidly, apprehensively, diffidently, in alarm, and in fright.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.