- timid, self-conscious, bashful, reserved, retiring, nervous, modest, aw-shucks, shrinking, backward, coy, reticent, self-effacing, diffident, mousy •
He is painfully shy when it comes to talking to women.
opposites: forward, confident, assured, bold, cheeky, brash, fearless, pushy (informal), self-confident, self-assured
- cautious, wary, hesitant, suspicious, reticent, distrustful, chary •
You should not be shy of having your say.
opposites: rash, reckless, unsuspecting, unwary
'shy' in Other Languages
- British English: shy /ʃaɪ/ ADJECTIVE
A shy person is nervous and uncomfortable in the company of other people.He is a painfully shy person.
- Arabic: خَجُول
- Brazilian Portuguese: tímido tímida
- Chinese: 腼腆的
- Croatian: stidljiv stidljiva
- Czech: ostýchavý
- Danish: genert
- Dutch: verlegen
- European Spanish: tímido tímida
- Finnish: ujo
- French: timide
- German: schüchtern
- Greek: ντροπαλός ντροπαλή
- Italian: timido timida
- Japanese: 内気な
- Korean: 부끄럼 타는
- Norwegian: sky
- Polish: nieśmiały nieśmiała
- Portuguese: tímido tímida
- Romanian: timid timid, timidă, timizi, timide
- Russian: робкий робкая
- Spanish: tímido tímida
- Swedish: blyg blygt
- Thai: ขี้อาย
- Turkish: utangaç
- Ukrainian: сором'язливий
- Vietnamese: bẽn lẽn
Definition of shy from the Collins English Thesaurus
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