From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .
A pen or enclosure for swine.
(figurative) A messy, dirty or debauched place.
- To roll with pleasure in a sensual sty .
* (enclosure for swine) pigpen, pigsty
* (messy or dirty place) hovel, pigsty
To place in, or as if in, a sty.
To live in a sty, or any messy or dirty place.
From (etyl) (m), .
* stee, stie, stigh
(label) To ascend, rise up, climb.
* 1395 , (John Wycliffe), Bible , Isaiah LIII:
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.xi:
- And he schal stie as a ?erde bifor him, and as a roote fro þirsti lond.
- The beast impatient of his smarting wound, / And of so fierce and forcible despight, / Thought with his wings to stye aboue the ground [...].
Probably a .
(label) An inflammation of the eyelid.
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