a superlative of shy1 .
adjective, shyer or shier, shyest or shiest.
easily frightened away; timid.
I am a bit shy of that sort of person.
shy of funds.
scant; short of a full amount or number:
still a few dollars shy of our goal; an inch shy of being six feet.
(in poker) indebted to the pot.
not bearing or breeding freely, as plants or animals.
verb (used without object), shied, shying.
(especially of a horse) to start back or aside, as in fear.
to draw back; recoil.
noun, plural shies.
a sudden start aside, as in fear.
fight shy of, to keep away from; avoid:
She fought shy of making the final decision.
a superlative of shy1
adjective shyer, shyest, shier, shiest
not at ease in the company of others
easily frightened; timid
(often foll by of) watchful or wary
(poker) (of a player) without enough money to back his bet
(of plants and animals) not breeding or producing offspring freely
(foll by of) (informal, mainly US & Canadian) short (of)
(in combination) showing reluctance or disinclination: workshy
verb (intransitive) shies, shying, shied
to move suddenly, as from fear: the horse shied at the snake in the road
usually foll by off or away. to draw back; recoil
noun (pl) shies
a sudden movement, as from fear
verb shies, shying, shied
to throw (something) with a sideways motion
noun (pl) shies
a quick throw
(informal) a gibe
(informal) an attempt; experiment
short for cockshy
adjective See sheisty
verb (used with object) 1. to put (something) aside and replace it by another or others; change or exchange: to shift friends; to shift ideas. 2. to transfer from one place, position, person, etc., to another: to shift the blame onto someone else. 3. Automotive. to change (gears) from one ratio or arrangement to another. […]
adjective 1. able or designed to be shifted, changed, or removed: shiftable furniture. 2. able to be transferred from one owner to another: shiftable stocks and bonds.
noun, Bridge. 1. a bid in a suit different from the suit just bid by one’s partner.