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Retiring vs. Shy

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Retiringadjective

introverted, liking privacy and seclusion.

‘I don't really know him well, since he's so shy and retiring.’;

Shyadjective

Easily frightened; timid.

Retiringnoun

retirement

Shyadjective

Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.

‘He is very shy with strangers.’;

Retiringadjective

Reserved; shy; not forward or obtrusive; as, retiring modesty; retiring manners.

Shyadjective

Cautious; wary; suspicious.

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Retiringadjective

Of or pertaining to retirement; causing retirement; suited to, or belonging to, retirement.

Shyadjective

(informal) Short, insufficient or less than.

‘By our count your shipment came up two shy of the bill of lading amount.’; ‘It is just shy of a mile from here to their house.’;

Retiringadjective

not blatant or overly aggressive in manner or appearance;

‘a retiring disposition’;

Shyadjective

Embarrassed. en

Retiringadjective

moving toward a position farther from the front;

‘the receding glaciers of the last ice age’; ‘retiring fogs revealed the rocky coastline’;

Shyverb

(intransitive) To avoid due to timidness or caution.

‘I shy away from investment opportunities I don't understand.’;

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Retiringadjective

not arrogant or presuming;

‘unassuming to a fault, skeptical about the value of his work’; ‘a shy retiring girl’;

Shyverb

(intransitive) To jump back in fear.

‘The horse shied away from the rider, which startled him so much he shied away from the horse.’;

Retiringadjective

of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office;

‘a retiring member of the board’;

Shyverb

(transitive) to throw sideways with a jerk; to fling

‘to shy a stone; to shy a slipper’;

Shynoun

An act of throwing.

Shynoun

A place for throwing.

‘coconut shy’;

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Shynoun

A sudden start aside, as by a horse.

Shynoun

In the Eton College wall game, a point scored by lifting the ball against the wall in the calx.

Shyadjective

Easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird.

‘The horses of the army . . . were no longer shy, but would come up to my very feet without starting.’;

Shyadjective

Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach.

‘What makes you so shy, my good friend? There's nobody loves you better than I.’; ‘The embarrassed look of shy distressAnd maidenly shamefacedness.’;

Shyadjective

Cautious; wary; suspicious.

‘I am very shy of using corrosive liquors in the preparation of medicines.’; ‘Princes are, by wisdom of state, somewhat shy of thier successors.’;

Shyadjective

Inadequately supplied; short; lacking; as, the team is shy two players.

Shyadjective

owing money to the pot; - in cases where an opponent's bet has exceeded a player's available stake or chips, but the player chooses to continue playing the hand before adding the required bet to the pot.

Shyverb

To start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; - said especially of horses.

Shyverb

To throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone; to shy a slipper.

Shynoun

A sudden start aside, as by a horse.

Shynoun

A side throw; a throw; a fling.

‘If Lord Brougham gets a stone in his hand, he must, it seems, have a shy at somebody.’;

Shynoun

a quick throw;

‘he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman’;

Shyverb

start suddenly, as from fight

Shyverb

throw quickly

Shyadjective

lacking self-confidence;

‘stood in the doorway diffident and abashed’; ‘problems that call for bold not timid responses’; ‘a very unsure young man’;

Shyadjective

easily startled or frightened

Shyadjective

short;

‘eleven is one shy of a dozen’;

Shyadjective

wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things;

‘shy of strangers’;

Shyadjective

nervous or timid in the company of other people

‘I was pretty shy at school’; ‘a shy smile’;

Shyadjective

slow or reluctant to do (something)

‘the wealthy have become less shy of displaying their privilege’;

Shyadjective

having a dislike of or aversion to a specified thing

‘he was very car shy when he came here’;

Shyadjective

(of a wild mammal or bird) reluctant to remain in sight of humans

‘otters are very shy animals’;

Shyadjective

less than; short of

‘the shares are 29p shy of their flotation price’;

Shyadjective

before

‘he left school just shy of his fourteenth birthday’;

Shyadjective

(of a plant) not bearing flowers or fruit well or prolifically.

Shyverb

(especially of a horse) start suddenly aside in fright at an object, noise, or movement

‘their horses shied at the unfamiliar sight’;

Shyverb

avoid doing or becoming involved in (something) due to nervousness or a lack of confidence

‘don't shy away from saying what you think’;

Shyverb

fling or throw (something) at a target

‘he tore the spectacles off and shied them at her’;

Shynoun

a sudden startled movement, especially of a frightened horse.

Shynoun

an act of flinging or throwing something at a target.

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