the mid-central, neutral vowel sound typically occurring in unstressed syllables in English, however spelled, as the sound of a in alone and sofa, e in system, i in easily, o in gallop, u in circus.
the phonetic symbol ə, used to represent this sound.
a central vowel represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet by (ə). The sound occurs in unstressed syllables in English, as in around, mother, and sofa
the symbol (ə) used to represent this sound
a variant spelling of schwa
noun 1. (South African) an African cotton print fabric
adjective, shyer or shier, shyest or shiest. 1. bashful; retiring. 2. easily frightened away; timid. 3. suspicious; distrustful: I am a bit shy of that sort of person. 4. reluctant; wary. 5. deficient: shy of funds. 6. scant; short of a full amount or number: still a few dollars shy of our goal; an inch […]
- Shy away from
Avoid, evade, as in He shied away from all questions concerning his private life. [ Late 1700s ]
- Shy-drager syndrome
Shy-Drager syndrome Shy-Dra·ger syndrome (shī’drā’gər) n. A progressive disorder of the brain and spinal cord affecting the autonomic nervous system and characterized by low blood pressure, atrophy of the iris, incontinence, the absence of sweating, impotence in males, tremor, and muscle wasting.