Past Tense Of Shy: Shied or Shyed? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Shy?

The shy past tense is shied. Shy is a regular verb, so it follows the rule of adding -ed at the end of the basic verb form. Verbs ending in -y consonant change -y to -i before adding -ed, so you can omit the letter -y and add -ied at the end of the word to get the V2 of shy.

Although the V3 form of shy is the same as the V2’s, the V3 form always needs to be followed by auxiliary verbs (have, has, or had) to describe an action or event that is happening around a specific time but is no longer happening in the present.

Other verb conjugations of shy are “shies” in 3rd person singular present tense, shying in the present participle tense, and shied in the past participle tense. You can watch the table below to make it clearer.

Simple Present He/She/It shies

I/You/We/They shy

Present Continuous He/She/It is shying

I am shying

You/We/They are shying

Present Perfect He/She/It has shied

I/You/We/They have shied

Present Perfect Continuous He/She/It has been shying

I/You/We/They have been shying

Simple Past He/She/It/I/You/We/They shied
Past Continuous I/He/She/It was shying

You/We/They were shying

Past Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They had shied
Past Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They had been shying
Simple Future He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall shy
Future Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall be shying
Future Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have shied
Future Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have been shying

How do you spell shy and shied naturally? The below videos will help you.

How to say shy: 

How to say shied: 


According to the phonetic rule, the IPA transcription of shy is /ʃaɪ/, and of shied is /ʃaɪd/. You can watch the table below for more details.

Form of word



shy /ʃaɪ/



/ʃaɪd/ /ʃaɪd/
shied /ʃaɪd/


Definitions And How To Use Shied?

What is the definition of shy? According to Collins Dictionary, the English verb shy has 2 following meanings:

Example: My horse always shies at the unfamiliar noise. It is extremely alert to strange noises and at night. I used to hear it squeal a few nights just because a few rats ran past.

Example: We usually shy stones at the old tree in the village. This is also the place where the entertainment activities of the children of the neighboring village take place.

The past tense shied has the same meaning as its finite form. Such as the regular past form of other words, the shy past tense is used to talk about the action that happened and completed in the past. You can check out the examples below to have better understanding.



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Past Tense Of Shy

Choose the correct verb tense to fill in the blank:

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This horse was left behind because it ran slower than the others in the herd. Yesterday I went to buy it. It ...... at my enthusiasm because it probably thought no one would need it anymore.

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Yesterday I saw two suspicious men with two suitcases entering the Boulerband hotel, so I called the police. They ...... both suitcases away as soon as they saw the police.

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Jane: That horse ...... at me when I approached it. What's wrong with him? Doesn't he like me?

Coach: It was abused by the previous owner, so it was quite timid.

Jane: Oh, poor him.

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The horses … at the arrival of the owner, but now they are not afraid anymore because they have been moved to another place.

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The horse … , throwing Kyle from the saddle.

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Agencies do not have extensive ties and do not play a major role in wartime often … away from conflicts.

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Yet several sciences have consistently … away from the tasks.

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It does not mean that we will shy away from handling difficult projects that may cause risks.

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Being asked to debate on a committee may be something they tend to … away from at the beginning.

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Two years ago, these changes weren't fresh, and residents there had … away from them.

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What Are Synonyms And Antonyms Of Shy?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the synonyms of the verb shy are blench, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, start, and wince.

The antonyms of shy are cuddle, nestle, nuzzle, snooze [chiefly dialect], snuggle, curl up, crouch, and huddle.

“Shy” Is a Transitive Or Intransitive Verb?

Shy is a transitive verb. It doesn’t need to be followed by any object or prepositions because it can make a complete sentence on its own. For example, the horse shies at the loud noise.

Is Shy An Adjective?

Yes. According to the Oxford Dictionary, shy is also an adjective. It means nervous or embarrassed about something (usually speaking to people) or afraid of doing something/ being involved in something.

Example 1: This bashful child was too shy to speak in public. This sort of person is always afraid of daily challenges. They are called introverts and usually just want to socialize with introverts like them.

Example 2: I bought a new airdrop and wanted to give it as a birthday present to my girlfriend. However, she is a shy person, and she refused it.