Spanish Slang 
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (timid)
a. tímido
My sister is very shy; she never talks in class.Mi hermana es muy tímida; nunca habla en clase.
b. penoso (Andes)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Cuba
Regionalism used in Mexico
Don't be so shy. Nobody will make fun of you.No seas tan penoso. Nadie se va a burlar de ti.
c. vergonzoso
He becomes very shy when strangers talk to him.Se pone muy vergonzoso cuando los desconocidos le hablan.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(short of money)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
We're still a buck shy.Todavía debemos un dólar.
You're shy by two dollars.Te faltan dos dólares.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (to panic)
a. asustarse
The dogs shied when their owner started to yell.Los perros se asustaron cuando su dueño les empezó a gritar.
b. dar un respingo
The horse shied when it saw the wolf.El caballo dio un respingo cuando vio el lobo.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. tímido(a)
to be shy of somebodytener miedo de alguien
to be shy of doing somethingmostrarse remiso(a) a hacer algo
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (horse)
a. asustarse
shy [ʃaɪ]
shyer (comparative)shyest (superlative)
1 (nervous) [+person] vergonzoso; tímido; [+smile] tímido; [+animal] asustadizo; huraño
he was too shy to talk to anyone era demasiado tímido para hablar con nadie; come on, don't be shy! ¡venga, no seas tímido or no tengas vergüenza!; she went all shy when asked to give her opinion le dio vergüenza cuando le preguntaron su opinión; le dio corte cuando le preguntaron su opinión (informal); (Esp)
They are shy birds that normally live unobtrusive lives. to be/feel shy [about] sth he was very shy about his private life she's a bit shy about her missing tooth don't be shy about expressing your fears
they may feel shy about talking to her puede que les dé vergüenza hablar con ella; puede que les dé corte hablar con ella (informal); (Esp)
she's shy about undressing in front of other people to be shy [of] sth/sb
she's shy of cameras se siente cohibida delante de las cámaras
she's very shy of other people he's shy of interviewers
don't be shy of telling them what you think no tengas miedo decirles lo que piensas
he's a bit shy of being recognised in the street
to be shy with people ser tímido con la gente; sentirse cohibido con la gente
he's very shy with women intensely private man, extremely shy with people he doesn't know
shy of especially (US) (short of)
we're \$65,000 shy of the \$1 million that's needed nos faltan 65.000 dólares para el millón de dólares que se necesitan; he's two months shy of 70 le faltan dos meses para cumplir 70 años; he passed away two days shy of his 95th birthday murió a dos días de cumplir los 95 años
intransitive verb
[+horse] asustarse; espantarse;at de
You must have complete control of him should he decide to shy. The horses shied at the seawater when we tried to bring them ashore
shy [ʃaɪ] (Britain)
(throw) tirada (f)
50 pence a shy 50 peniques la tirada; to have a shy at sth intentar dar a algo
he had a shy at the tin can but missed and hit his mother on the head to have a shy [at] sth I had a shy at banking, but it wasn't really my sort of thing he had a shy at opening it I don't know if I can do it, but I'll have a shy at it anyway to have a shy at [doing] sth
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