Cowardly vs Shy - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between cowardly and shy
is that cowardly
is showing cowardice; lacking in courage; basely or weakly fearful while shy
is easily frightened; timid.
As an adverb cowardly
is in the manner of a coward.
As a verb shy is
to avoid due to timidness or caution.
As a noun shy is
an act of throwing.
In the manner of a coward.
* , Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.48:
- I love to follow them, but not so cowardly , as my life remaine thereby in subjection.
Showing cowardice; lacking in courage; basely or weakly fearful.
- The cowardly rascals that ran from the battle.
- The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look danger in the face.
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