gun-shy (adj.) 1884, originally of sporting dogs, from GUN (Cf. gun) (n.) + SHY (Cf. shy) (adj.).

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  • gun-shy — [gun′shī΄] adj. 1. easily frightened at the firing of a gun [a gun shy dog] 2. frightened, wary, mistrustful, etc., as because of a previous experience gun shyness n …   English World dictionary

  • gun-shy — gun′ shy adj. 1) frightened by the sound of a gun firing 2) cvb hesitant, wary, or distrustful, esp. because of previous unpleasant experience • Etymology: 1880–85 gun′ shy ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • gun-shy — gun shyness, n. /gun shuy /, adj. 1. frightened by the sound of a gunshot: a gun shy bird dog. 2. hesitant, wary, or distrustful, esp. because of previous unpleasant experience. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • gun-shy — gun ,shy adjective 1. ) nervous about doing something 2. ) very easily frightened by the sound of a gun …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gun-shy — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ adjective 1. : afraid of the sound of a gun or of similar loud noises used especially of a dog 2. : afraid or markedly distrustful if you are a big league player, you cannot very well afford to be gun shy and duck away in panic from a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • gun-shy — ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If someone is gun shy, they are nervous or afraid. Everyone I talked to in the company seemed a little gun shy, perhaps fearing that I was yet another snide reporter. The electric power industry is gun shy about… …   English dictionary

  • gun-shy — adjective 1 a gun dog that is gun shy is easily frightened by the noise of a gun 2 AmE very careful or frightened about doing something, because of a bad experience in the past …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Gun Shy — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Ein Herz und eine Kanone Originaltitel: Gun Shy Produktionsland: USA Erscheinungsjahr: 2000 Länge: 97,25 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • gun-shy — adjective Date: 1884 1. afraid of loud noise (as that of a gun) 2. markedly distrustful, afraid, or cautious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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