(noun, adjective, verb)


1. lacking self-confidence

Similar word(s): diffident, timid, unsure

2. short

- eleven is one shy of a dozen

Similar word(s): deficient, insufficient

3. wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things

- shy of strangers

Similar word(s): wary

Sentences with shy as an adjective:

- He is very shy with strangers.

- By our count your shipment came up two shy of the bill of lading amount.

- It is just shy of a mile from here to their house.


1. a quick throw

- he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman

Definition categories: act, throw

Sentences with shy as a noun:

- coconut shy


1. start suddenly, as from fright

Definition categories: motion, jump, start, startle

2. throw quickly

Definition categories: contact, throw

Sentences with shy as a verb:

- I shy away from investment opportunities I don't understand.