Definition of 'shy'
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Many were too shy or afraid to speak out.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The only downside is that she is still painfully shy.Times, Sunday Times (2006) Times, Sunday Times (2007) Times, Sunday Times (2009)
It is is not something we should shy away from.Times, Sunday Times (2011) The Sun (2014) The Sun (2016) Times, Sunday Times (2009) The Sun (2009)
This is no time to be shy.Times, Sunday Times (2006) Stammering in Young Children (1988) Times, Sunday Times (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2014) Times, Sunday Times (2006) The Sun (2015) The Sun (2013) The Secrets of Musical Confidence (1994)
He looked so shy and nervous.The Sun (2014)
She remembered he was painfully shy.The Glasgow Girls (1994) The Sun (2015) Times, Sunday Times (2015)
This is why timidity is often praised as "good manners' when really it is to the disadvantage of the shy person.POSITIVE THINKING: Everything you have always known about positive thinking but were afraid to put into practice (2001)
Until now, the company had shied away from London.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
But he was always timid, afraid, very shy.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
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