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shyer (insufficient)

shyer is a comparative form of shy

shy (insufficient)

Definition:

of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparatives:

shier | shyer

Superlatives:

shiest | shyest

Similar to:

depleted | inadequate | lean | light

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Described by:

quantity

Usage example:

11 is one shy of a dozen

See also:

meagerly

Etymology:

[adjective] late Old English sceoh "shy", from Proto-Germanic ... | [verb] "to...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of shyer...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

insufficient | unsufficient [archaic, synonym] | insufficiently [adverb, derived]

not sufficient; inadequate or deficient (5 of 388 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/insufficient

Merriam-Webster:

insufficient | inadequate [synonym] | deficient [synonym] | short [synonym] | lacking [synonym] | low [synonym] | scarce [synonym] | shy [synonym] | wanting [synonym]

not sufficient; "inadequate" ; especially, lacking adequate power, capacity, or competence (11 of 162 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/insufficient

Oxford Dictionary:

insufficient | inadequate [synonym] | insufficiently [derived]

not enough; inadequate (3 of 63 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/insufficient

Macmillan British Dictionary:

insufficient | insufficiently [adverb, related]

not enough (2 of 41 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/insufficient

Cambridge Dictionary:

insufficient | insufficiently [adverb, derived] | insufficiency [noun, derived]

not enough (2 of 36 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/insufficient

Random House Dictionary:

insufficient

not sufficient; lacking in what is necessary or required. | deficient in force, quality, or amount; inadequate. (16 of 28 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/insufficient

New World Dictionary:

insufficient | insufficiently [adverb, related]

not sufficient; not enough; inadequate (5 of 13 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/insufficient

American Heritage Dictionary:

insufficient | insufficiently [adverb, related]

Not sufficient; inadequate. (3 of 8 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/insufficient

Wiktionary:

insufficient | unsufficient [synonym]

Not sufficient. (2 of 3 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/insufficient

Wikipedia:

Short [disambiguation]

may refer to: Short circuit, an accidental connection between two nodes of an electrical circuit | Short (finance), stock-trading position | Short film, a cinema format | Short snorter, a banknote signed by fellow travelers, common during WW-II | Short... (36 of 191 words, 18 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Short

Encarta Dictionary:

insufficient | insufficiently [adverb, derived]

not enough in amount or quality to satisfy a purpose or standard (12 of 26 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861621637​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

shy

First use: 1787

Origin: [adjective] late Old English sceoh "shy", from Proto-Germanic ... | [verb] "to throw with a jerk or toss", colloquial, of unknown origin and ... (23 of 81 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=shy

Collins Dictionary:

shy

First use: 18th century

Origin: Old English sceoh; related to Old High German sciuhen to frighten away, Dutch schuw shy, Swedish skygg | of Germanic ... (21 of 36 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/shy

New World Dictionary:

shy | shies [plural] | shied [past tense] | shying [present participle] | shyer [comparative] | shier [comparative] | shyest [superlative] | shiest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English schei, dialect development from Old English ... | unknown (10 of 33 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/shy

Wiktionary:

shy | shies [plural] | shied [past tense] | shying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English shy ("shy"), from Old English sċēoh ("shy"), from Proto-Germanic *skiuhwaz ("shy, fearful"). Cognate with Dutch schuw ("shy"), German scheu ("shy"), Danish sky ("shy").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/shy

American Heritage Dictionary:

shy | shies [plural] | shied [past tense] | shying [present participle] | shier [comparative] | shyer [comparative] | shiest [superlative] | shyest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English schey, from Old English scēoh. | Perhaps from "shy" [entry 1].

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/shy

Oxford Dictionary:

shy [entry 1] | shied [past tense] | shying [present participle] | shies [3rd-person singular present] | shyer [comparative] | shyest [superlative] | shy of/about | shy of | shy from

Origin: Old English scēoh "(of a horse) easily frightened", of Germanic origin; related to German scheuen "shun", scheuchen "scare"; ... (18 of 29 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/shy

shy [entry 2] | shies [plural] | shied [past tense] | shying [present participle]

First use: late 18th century

Origin: unknown

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/shy--2

Merriam-Webster:

shy [entry 1, adjective] | shier [comparative] | shyer [comparative] | shiest [superlative] | shyest [superlative]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English schey, from Old English scēoh; akin to Old High German sciuhen to frighten off

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/shy

shy [entry 4, verb] | shied [past tense] | shying [present participle]

First use: 1787

Origin: perhaps from shy

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/shy show=3

Encarta Dictionary:

shy [entry 1] | shies [plural] | shied [past tense] | shying [present participle] | shier [comparative] | shyer [comparative] | shiest [superlative] | shyest [superlative]

Origin: Old English scēoh from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735234​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

shy | shies [plural] | shied [past tense] | shying [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "shy"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/shy

Collins Dictionary:

shy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "shy"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/shy

Macmillan American Dictionary:

shy [adjective] | shier [comparative] | shiest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "shy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/shy

shy [verb] | shied [past tense] | shying [present participle] | shies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "shy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/shy 15

Macmillan British Dictionary:

shy | shier [comparative] | shiest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "shy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/shy

shy [verb] | shied [past tense] | shying [present participle] | shies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "shy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/shy 15

Cambridge Dictionary:

shy [entry 1] | shyer [sense-specific, comparative] | shyest [sense-specific, superlative]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "shy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "shy"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/shy 1

the Free Dictionary:

shy

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "shy"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "shy"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "shy" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/shy

Google Dictionary:

shy | shies [plural] | shied [past tense] | shying [present participle] | shyer [comparative] | shyest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "shy"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=shy

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

YourDictionary Audio:

shy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "shy" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/shy

freedictionary.org:

Shy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Shy" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=shy

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