Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun shy

1 sense of shy

Sense 1
shy -- (a quick throw; "he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman")
       => throw -- (the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist); "the catcher made a good throw to second base")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb shy

2 senses of shy

Sense 1
shy -- (start suddenly, as from fright)
       => startle, jump, start -- (move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room")

Sense 2
shy -- (throw quickly)
       => throw -- (propel through the air; "throw a frisbee")

Antonyms of adj shy

3 senses of shy

Sense 1
diffident (vs. confident), shy, timid, unsure -- (lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man")


Sense 2
shy (predicate) -- (short; "eleven is one shy of a dozen")

INDIRECT (VIA insufficient) -> sufficient -- (of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant; "sufficient food")

Sense 3
shy -- (wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things; "shy of strangers")

INDIRECT (VIA wary) -> unwary -- (not alert to danger or deception; "the shrieks of unwary animals taken by surprise"; "some thieves prey especially on unwary travelers"; "seduce the unwary reader into easy acquiescence"- O.J.Campbell)

Similarity of adj shy

3 senses of shy

Sense 1
diffident (vs. confident), shy, timid, unsure -- (lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man")

Sense 2
shy (predicate) -- (short; "eleven is one shy of a dozen")
       => insufficient (vs. sufficient), deficient -- (of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement; "insufficient funds")

Sense 3
shy -- (wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things; "shy of strangers")
       => wary (vs. unwary) -- (marked by keen caution and watchful prudence; "they were wary in their movements"; "a wary glance at the black clouds"; "taught to be wary of strangers")

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