1 lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man" [syn: diffident, timid, unsure]
2 easily startled or frightened
3 short; "eleven is one shy of a dozen" [syn: shy(p)]
4 wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things; "shy of strangers" n : a quick throw; "he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"
1 start suddenly, as from fight