shy (adjective) LISTEN
Shy means ‘timid.’
- The little boy was shy on the first day of school.
- The shy woman spoke softly.
Shy also means ‘not having enough of something.’
- The charity was 20 percent shy of its fundraising goal.
shy away from: to avoid something or someone. Example: “Sarah shied away from swimming in the lake because the water was cold.”
In pop culture
Listen to the Cascades sing “Shy Girl.” It begins, “Shy girl/don’t shy away.”
There are other meanings of shy.