from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. A comparative of shy1.

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  • adj. comparative form of shy: more shy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Forms of the comparative and superlative of shy.


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  • Common ravens, Corvus corvax, are formidable-looking birds—black, lustrous and big as red-tailed hawks—but shier and wilder than their relatives in the crow family.

    Coming of Age as a Bird of Prey

  • Xu Duo in the end of the eighteenth century described in Lin'an thus: "Abo [the native people] of three thousand are all farmers, and tusi [native chieftains] of twelve are all well dressed" (Abo sanqian jie jiase, Tusi shier jin yiguan).

    Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE)

  • Lily Gefelty, the third friend in this little group, did not appear in any series of books except for this one, and for that reason she was shier than her friends.

    Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware

  • She was shier than her sister, spoke more quietly, and had a little cut on her cheek, which made her seem all the more ursine.

    O Human Child

  • And a bit shier of six years after that, June 30, 2007 also my sixth wedding anniversary, we rolled back out of New York in a loaded SUV.


  • "Often, they can do as good work on quantitative projects as men, but they're shier about selling their abilities."

    Men Do Numbers,Women Do Strategy

  • Plus, there were personality differences to reconcile between strong-willed Bud and shier, easygoing June.

    Project Everlasting

  • Brenda was more outspoken about it, but that was just the difference in their personalities—Brenda is, in her own words, “big on taking stands,” while Randal is shier, more soft-spoken.

    Living Justice

  • So that's a-- that's a perfect marriage and he is the shier of the two with the media, which is why that moment was so moving when he suddenly started following Harry's example on the Friday before the funeral and taking flowers from one -- from the crowd and placing them over there rather than standing back, and that was a very moving moment.

    CNN Transcript Mar 30, 2002

  • If a boy stopped to speak to me or showed me any attention, I could feel the heat rise to my face immediately, and just knowing my skin was starting to glow like the inside of a toaster made me even shier.



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