-shy for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (-ʃaɪ)
-shy is added to nouns to form adjectives which indicate that someone does not like a particular thing, and tries to avoid it. For example, someone who is camera-shy does not like having their photograph taken. ⇒ ...camera-shy red deer. ⇒ The publicity-shy singer spoke frankly in his first interview in three years.