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1. Easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird. The horses of the army . . . Were no longer shy, but would come up to my very feet without starting. (swift)

2. Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach. What makes you so shy, my good friend? There's nobody loves you better than I. (Arbuthnot) The embarrassed look of shy distress And maidenly shamefacedness. (Wordsworth)

3. Cautious; wary; suspicious. I am very shy of using corrosive liquors in the preparation of medicines. (boyle) Princes are, by wisdom of state, somewhat shy of thier successors. (Sir H. Wotton) To fight shy. See Fight.

Origin: OE. Schey, skey, sceouh, AS. Sceoh; akin to Dan. Sky, Sw. Skygg, D. Schuw, MHG. Schiech, G. Scheu, OHG. Sciuhen to be or make timid. Cf. Eschew.

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... differences in behaviour'. I would like to know peoples opinions on attributing human like personalities to animals such as 'bold and 'shy' as I worry this may lead to misinterpretation of why the animal is showing a particular behavioural trait. Attributing basic personality traits ...

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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Hi all, I'm a new shy member :-) but absolutely, I'm a very lucky one !!!! I have blaoting issues since I got married 2 years ago ofcourse it made me gain 38 pounds since then and my stomach / belly is blaoting extremely althought ...

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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... you adhere to, but look, this is a science forum. So may I ask once again, what evolutionary process do you subscribe to? Come on, don't be shy, spill the beans and put me out of my misery. :)

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by scottie
Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
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Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

... remains as one of my most prominent memories to date. It was raining out and the classroom was quite. I sat at the desk in front of Denise, a very shy and quite girl. The teacher broke the silence by instructing us to take out our pencils and begin practicing our letter writing. Even though her ...

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Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:44 am
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Topic: Sound and how the brain reacts to it
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miracles inside our cells

... 11 in a Religous and Moral Educations class, the teacher who was the wife of a minister asked the class who believed in what, and the class being shy said they were not sure, and i said evolution, the teacher sort of argued. she did not shout or be agressive, but seemed extremely offended and ...

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by Zokatha
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:37 am
Forum: Biology Movies
Topic: miracles inside our cells
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