Synonyms for Shy:
timid, diffident, unsure.
irresponsible, infirm, irresolute, changeable, tentative, fly-by-night, unsure, yellow, spineless, Shilly-shally, halfhearted, double-minded, inconsistent, shifty, hesitant, capricious, ambivalent, Flitting, impulsive, erratic, volatile, undependable, indecisive, unwilling, fickle, watery, weak, vacillating, dillydallying, insipid, uncertain, shrinking, unresolved, undecided.
•lacking, failing (adjective)
deficient, short, inadequate, insufficient, wanting, scarce.
modest, coy, meek, undemonstrative, demure, bashful, selfless, unassertive, timid, reserved, unselfish, self-effacing, humble, diffident, unobtrusive.
•quiet and self-conscious (adjective)
modest, reserved, bashful, unwilling, coy, demure, timid, humble, retiring, shrinking, backward, self-effacing, unassertive, wary, hesitant, diffident.
n.aquatic, androgynous, asexual, articulate, amphibious, captive, anthropoid, Caged, arboreal, best-of-breed. insecure, inhibited, restraint, retiring, backward, unsure of yourself, lost, ill at ease, self-effacing. flinch, cringe, recoil, shrink, approach, wince, quail, blench, start. •retiring (noun)
timid, deficient, unsure, insufficient, wary, diffident, unconfident.
self-effacing, inhibited. insecure, blench, retiring, flinch, scarce, cringe, quail. under, recoil. shrink, lost. wanting, start. cast. short. •draw back
•Other relevant words:
lost, ill at ease, wanting, inadequate, flinch, quail, timorous, cast, self-effacing, cringe, scarce, wary, recoil, deficient, insufficient, shrink, insecure, under, unconfident, retiring, blench, backward, start, wince, short, inhibited.
Usage examples for shy
Shy inhabitants of woods. – Bird-Neighbors by Blanchan, Neltje