A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (timidity)
a. la timidez
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
If you don't overcome your shyness, you'll never be good at public speaking.Si no superas tu timidez, nunca serás bueno hablando en público.
2. (animal's fear)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Because of its shyness, the squirrel in my backyard wouldn't come closer.La ardilla que estaba en el jardín trasero no se quiso acercar de asustadiza que era.
I wanted to take a stray dog home, but because of its shyness I couldn't get him into the car.Quería llevarme un perro callejero a mi casa, pero no pude meterlo al coche porque era asustadizo.
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shyness [ˈʃaɪnɪs]
[of person, smile] timidez (f); [of animal] lo asustadizo
he was instantly captivated by the shyness of her smile the shyness of this nocturnal mammal is legendary
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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