Definition of shy verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

shy

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ʃaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shy
BrE BrE//ʃaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃaɪ//
 
he / she / it shies
BrE BrE//ʃaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃaɪz//
 
past simple shied
BrE BrE//ʃaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃaɪd//
 
past participle shied
BrE BrE//ʃaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃaɪd//
 
-ing form shying
BrE BrE//ˈʃaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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(shies, shying, shied, shied
BrE BrE//ʃaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃaɪd//
 
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[intransitive] shy (at something) (especially of a horse) to turn away with a sudden movement because it is afraid or surprised My horse shied at the unfamiliar noise. Her horse shied violently at a gorse bush. see also coconut shy
Word Origin Old English scēoh ‘(of a horse) easily frightened’, of Germanic origin; related to German scheuen ‘shun’, scheuchen ‘scare’; compare with eschew. The verb dates from the mid 17th cent. Phrasal Verbsshy away (from something)
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