How do you say SHY in Italian?

Shy in Italian

Timido

Timido is how you translate shy into Italian.

OriginFrom the Latin word timēre, meaning “to dread”
Pronunciation/aˈpɛrto/

Timido
Shy


Shy in Italian: Different forms

Like all other adjectives in Italian, timido needs to match the gender (masculine or feminine) and the number (singular or plural) of the noun.

SingularPlural
MasculineTimidoTimidi
FeminineTimidaTimide
boy too shy to talk to peers

Shy in Italian: Examples

Mio figlio è sempre stato molto timido.
My son has always been very shy.

Non siate così timidi, ragazzi. Fatevi avanti!
Don’t be so shy, boys. Step right up!

Una persona timida tende a parlare poco.
A shy person tends to speak little.

Non essere timida!
Don’t be shy!

shy girl hiding behind her hands

Timido is an adjective, and timidezza, shyness, is derived from it. It is a masculine noun and it is not used in the plural.

Mi piace la tua timidezza.
I like your shyness.

Another type of emotion is imbarazzo, embarrassment.

Essere in imbarazzo is a very common idiom that means “to be embarrassed” and literally translates to “to be in embarrassment”. Sentirsi in imbarazzo, on the other hand, means “to feel embarrassment”.

Il bambino si sente in imbarazzo in mezzo agli adulti.
The child feels embarrassed in the presence of adults.

Mattia ha le guance rosse per l’imbarazzo.
Mattia’s cheeks flushed with embarrassment.

embarrassed girl

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