From the (etyl) . More at shit.
(British, Irish, vulgar) Shit, trash, rubbish.
(British, Irish, pejorative) A foolish or deceitful person.
- He's a useless shite .
* talk shite
(British, Irish, vulgar) Bad, awful, shit.
- The film was shite .
(UK, Irish, vulgar)
- Shite , I left my wallet at home.
From (etyl) schiten, from (etyl) .
(UK, vulgar, chiefly, Scotland, Ireland) To defecate.
* 2004 , Robert Morgan, Brave enemies (page 38)
* 2007 , Talonie Starr, Growth Manifesto (page 173)
- ...it still softened my heart to see a man hurt so badly he sobbed and shited on himself.
- He would probably have a head full of locks. Who has time to be pretty when people are hurting? Crying. Shiting on themselves trying to beat heroin.
Easily frightened; timid.
* Jonathan Swift
Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.
- The horses of the army were no longer shy , but would come up to my very feet without starting.
- He is very shy with strangers.
Cautious; wary; suspicious.
- What makes you so shy , my good friend? There's nobody loves you better than I.
* Sir H. Wotton
- I am very shy of using corrosive liquors in the preparation of medicines.
Short, insufficient or less than.
- Princes are, by wisdom of state, somewhat shy of their successors.
- By our count your shipment came up two shy of the bill of lading amount.
- It is just shy of a mile from here to their house.
* Often used in combination with a noun to produce an adjective or adjectival phrase.
* Adjectives are usually applicable to animals (leash-shy'' "shy of leashes" or ''head shy "shy of contact around the head" (of horses)) or to children.
* See also
(terms derived using shy as suffix)
To avoid due to timidness or caution.
To jump back in fear.
- I shy away from investment opportunities I don't understand.
to throw sideways with a jerk; to fling
- The horse shied''' away from the rider, which startled him so much he '''shied away from the horse.
- to shy''' a stone; to '''shy a slipper
An act of throwing.
* 2008 , (James Kelman), Kieron Smith, Boy , Penguin 2009, p. 55:
- If Lord Brougham gets a stone in his hand, he must, it seems, have a shy at somebody.
A place for throwing.
- The game had started. A man was chasing the ball, it went out for a shy .
A sudden start aside, as by a horse.
In the Eton College wall game, a point scored by lifting the ball against the wall in the calx.
- coconut shy
* coconut shy